anionic

adjective

an·​ion·​ic ˌa-(ˌ)nī-ˈä-nik How to pronounce anionic (audio)
1
: of or relating to anions
2
: characterized by an active and especially surface-active anion

Examples of anionic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The array was formed by 21 ISEs combining both cationic and anionic sensors with others with generic response. Seriously Science, Discover Magazine, 5 Feb. 2014 The cationic molecules in this detergent work to pull out the anionic sweat and bacteria particles in our clothes like a magnet. Sarah Madaus, SELF, 11 Sep. 2020

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Word History

First Known Use

1903, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of anionic was in 1903

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“Anionic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/anionic. Accessed 19 May. 2024.

Medical Definition

anionic

adjective
an·​ion·​ic ˌan-(ˌ)ī-ˈän-ik How to pronounce anionic (audio)
1
: of or relating to anions
2
: characterized by an active and especially surface-active anion
anionically adverb
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