electron affinity

noun

Definition of electron affinity

1 : the degree to which an atom or molecule attracts additional electrons
2 : the minimum energy required to remove an electron from a negative ion to produce a neutral atom or molecule
3 : the negative of the energy required to introduce an additional initially free electron into a crystal

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“Electron affinity.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/electron%20affinity. Accessed 24 Jun. 2021.

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