nonpolar

adjective non·po·lar \ ˌnän-ˈpō-lər \
|Updated on: 9 May 2018

Definition of nonpolar

: not polar; especially : consisting of molecules not having a dipole
  • a nonpolar solvent

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1847

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nonpolar

adjective non·po·lar \ -ˈpō-lər \

medical Definition of nonpolar

: not polar
  • a nonpolar molecule
  • a nonpolar group
; especially : consisting of molecules not having a dipole

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