electrovalence

noun

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variants or electrovalency
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: valence characterized by the transfer of one or more electrons from one atom to another with the formation of ions (as in sodium chloride and other simple salts)
also : the number of positive or negative charges acquired by an atom by the loss or gain of electrons

called also ionic valence

distinguished from covalence
electrovalent
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adjective
electrovalently
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adverb

Word History

Etymology

electr- + valence, valency

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“Electrovalence.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/electrovalence. Accessed 29 Feb. 2024.

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