anion

noun
an·​ion | \ˈa-ˌnī-ən \

Definition of anion 

: the ion in an electrolyzed solution that migrates to the anode broadly : a negatively charged ion

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Being an anion, meanwhile, means that the sulfidic molecules have negative charges. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Sulfuric Volcanoes May Have Quickened Life on Earth," 9 Apr. 2018 These carbon chain anions are akin to Legos that can be pieced together into larger molecules, reports Meghan Bartels for Mic. Ben Panko, Smithsonian, "Potential Ingredients for Life Found on Saturn’s Moon Titan," 31 July 2017 This molecule, called a carbon chain anion, appears to be a catalyst for complicated chemical reactions, said lead author Ravi Desai. OrlandoSentinel.com, "This weird moon of Saturn has some essential ingredients for life," 9 Aug. 2017 This molecule, called a carbon chain anion, appears to be a catalyst for complicated chemical reactions, said lead author Ravi Desai. OrlandoSentinel.com, "This weird moon of Saturn has some essential ingredients for life," 9 Aug. 2017 This molecule, called a carbon chain anion, appears to be a catalyst for complicated chemical reactions, said lead author Ravi Desai. Sarah Kaplan, chicagotribune.com, "Saturn moon contains some essential ingredients for life," 8 Aug. 2017 These carbon chain anions are akin to Legos that can be pieced together into larger molecules, reports Meghan Bartels for Mic. Ben Panko, Smithsonian, "Potential Ingredients for Life Found on Saturn’s Moon Titan," 28 July 2017 The anions and hydrogen are thrown back into the ocean, harmless. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "This Drone Battery for Submarines Drinks Seawater," 19 June 2017 The cathode splits the sea water into hydroxide anions and hydrogen gas, which releases electrodes. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "This Drone Battery for Submarines Drinks Seawater," 19 June 2017

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First Known Use of anion

1834, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for anion

Greek, neuter of aniōn, present participle of anienai to go up, from ana- + ienai to go — more at issue entry 1

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anion

noun
an·​ion | \ˈan-ˌī-ən \

Medical Definition of anion 

: the ion in an electrolyzed solution that migrates to the anode broadly : a negatively charged ion

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