Definition of autoionization

: a process by which an excited atom becomes ionized and goes to a lower energy state by emitting one of two or more excited electrons that together possess energy exceeding the atom's ionization energy especially : such a process yielding an electron having an energy equivalent to that of a photon of optical wavelength — compare auger effect

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Other Words from autoionization

autoionize \ " + \ verb

First Known Use of autoionization

1931, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for autoionization

aut- + ionization

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“Autoionization.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Jul. 2020.

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