ionize

[ahy-uh-nahyz]
verb (used with object), ionized, ionizing.
1.
to separate or change into ions.
2.
to produce ions in.
verb (used without object), ionized, ionizing.
3.
to become changed into the form of ions, as by dissolving.
Also, especially British, ionise.


Origin:
1895–1900; ion + -ize

ionizable, adjective
ionization, noun
ionizer, noun
nonionized, adjective
nonionizing, adjective
self-ionization, noun
unionized, adjective
ununionized, adjective
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ionize or ionise (ˈaɪəˌnaɪz)
 
vb
to change or become changed into ions
 
ionise or ionise
 
vb
 
'ionizable or ionise
 
adj
 
'ionisable or ionise
 
adj

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Medical Dictionary

ionize i·on·ize (ī'ə-nīz')
v. i·on·ized, i·on·iz·ing, i·on·iz·es
To dissociate atoms or molecules into electrically charged atoms or radicals.


i'on·iz'er n.
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ionize   (ī'ə-nīz')  Pronunciation Key 
  1. To give an atom or group of atoms a net electric charge by adding or removing one or more electrons.

  2. To form ions in a substance. Lightning ionizes air, for example.


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Example sentences
Usually, blood tests measure your total calcium level, which looks at both
  ionized calcium and calcium attached to proteins.
In that moment, the gas surrounding the subject is ionized, leaving behind
  ethereal coronas.
Red represents ionized hydrogen, green shows ionized oxygen, and blue shows
  ionized helium.
In this oxidation, a molecule of hydrogen gas is ionized to two electrons and
  two protons.
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