electro-valence

electrovalence

[ih-lek-troh-vey-luhns]
noun Chemistry.
1.
Also called polar valence. the valence of an ion, equal to the number of positive or negative charges acquired by an atom through a loss or gain of electrons.
2.
Also called electrovalent bond. ionic bond.
Also, electrovalency.


Origin:
1920–25; electro(n) + valence

electrovalent, adjective
electrovalently, adverb
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