cation

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cat·ion

noun \ˈkat-ˌī-ən, ˈka-(ˌ)tī-ən\

Definition of CATION

:  the ion in an electrolyzed solution that migrates to the cathode; broadly :  a positively charged ion

Origin of CATION

Greek kation, neuter of katiōn, present participle of katienai to go down, from kata- cata- + ienai to go — more at issue
First Known Use: 1834

Other Chemical Engineering Terms

alkali, decant, hygroscopic, isotope, oxidize, slurry, solute, viscous

cat·ion

noun \ˈkat-ˌī-ən\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of CATION

: the ion in an electrolyzed solution that migrates to the cathode; broadly : a positively charged ion

cation

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Atom or group of atoms carrying a positive electric charge, indicated by a superscript plus sign after the chemical symbol. Cations in a liquid subjected to an electric field collect at the negative pole (cathode). Examples include sodium (Na+), calcium (Ca2+), and ammonium (NH+; see ammonia). See also ion; compare anion.

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