coordination number


: the number of attachments to the central atom in a coordination complex
: a number used in specifying the spatial arrangement of the constituent groups of crystals

Word History

First Known Use

1908, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of coordination number was in 1908

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“Coordination number.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2024.

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