A molecule is the simplest structural unit of a substance that still keeps the properties of that substance, like a molecule of water. This scientific word also gets used in unscientific ways, as in "Every single molecule in my body wants that chocolate cupcake!"
People sometimes confuse molecules with atoms, but a molecule is made up of atoms. A molecule retains the characteristic of the substance it’s from, so a water molecule is still water. An atom only has the characteristics of its element, not the larger composition. For example, a water molecule, H2O, is made up of two hydrogen atoms and one oxygen atom.