hydrogen bond

noun

: an electrostatic attraction between a hydrogen atom in one polar molecule (as of water) and a small electronegative atom (as of oxygen, nitrogen, or fluorine) in usually another molecule of the same or a different polar substance
hydrogen bonding noun

Examples of hydrogen bond in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The hydrogen bonds are more flexible in wet hair and are more susceptible to breakage. Hasina Jeelani, Vogue, 31 Jan. 2024 Those molecules then connect to each other via hydrogen bonds, creating a tessellation of polygons. Elise Cutts, Quanta Magazine, 21 June 2023 Water and salts create a hydrate, a rigid icy lattice supported by hydrogen bonds, in cold temperatures. Ashley Strickland, CNN, 20 Feb. 2023 The hydrogen bonds with the oxygen to create water vapor, which is far easier to remove than atmospheric oxygen. IEEE Spectrum, 31 Oct. 2019 The molecule has to have certain properties, like a number of hydrogen bond donors and acceptors. John Timmer, Ars Technica, 2 Jan. 2023 Additionally, five mutations in the central helical region, N764K, D796Y, N856K, L981F, and N969K introduce and facilitate additional hydrogen bond and hydrophobic interactions between the S2 trimers (Figure 4). William A. Haseltine, Forbes, 6 May 2022 But that modest change allows Z to form a triple hydrogen bond with T, which is more stable than the double bond that holds together A-T. Quanta Magazine, 12 July 2021 Perhaps the most basic—and astonishing— of these concepts is the hydrogen bond, which holds together the literal stuff of life: water. Meghan Herbst, Wired, 11 May 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

1923, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of hydrogen bond was in 1923

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“Hydrogen bond.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hydrogen%20bond. Accessed 22 Apr. 2024.

Medical Definition

hydrogen bond

noun
: an electrostatic attraction between a hydrogen atom in one polar molecule (as of water) and a small electronegative atom (as of oxygen, nitrogen, or fluorine) in usually another molecule of the same or a different polar substance
hydrogen bonding noun

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