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electronegative

[ih-lek-troh-neg-uh-tiv] /ɪˌlɛk troʊˈnɛg ə tɪv/
adjective, Physical Chemistry
1.
containing negative electricity; tending to migrate to the positive pole in electrolysis.
2.
assuming negative potential when in contact with a dissimilar substance.
Origin
1800-1810
1800-10; electro- + negative
Related forms
electronegativity, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for electronegativity

electronegativity

/ɪˌlɛktrəʊˌnɛɡəˈtɪvɪtɪ/
noun
1.
the state of being electronegative
2.
a measure of the ability of a specified atom to attract electrons in a molecule

electronegative

/ɪˌlɛktrəʊˈnɛɡətɪv/
adjective
1.
having a negative electric charge
2.
(of an atom, group, molecule, etc) tending to gain or attract electrons and form negative ions or polarized bonds Compare electropositive
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electronegativity in Medicine

electronegative e·lec·tro·neg·a·tive (ĭ-lěk'trō-něg'ə-tĭv)
adj.

  1. Having a negative electric charge.

  2. Tending to attract electrons to form a chemical bond.

  3. Capable of acting as a negative electrode.

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electronegativity in Science
electronegative
  (ĭ-lěk'trō-něg'ə-tĭv)   
  1. Tending to attract electrons and to form a negative ion. Nonmetals are generally electronegative.

  2. Having a negative electric charge.

  3. Capable of acting as a negative electrode.


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Encyclopedia Article for electronegativity

in chemistry, the ability of an atom to attract to itself an electron pair shared with another atom in a chemical bond

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