residual valence

noun

Definition of residual valence

: unemployed valence especially : combining power that is not utilized when the elements combine to form simple molecules and so leads to such phenomena as association and hydration — compare hydrogen bond

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“Residual valence.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/residual%20valence. Accessed 11 December 2019.

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