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ionize

[ahy-uh-nahyz] /ˈaɪ əˌnaɪz/
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
1895-1900; ion + -ize
Related forms
ionizable, adjective
ionization, noun
ionizer, noun
nonionized, adjective
nonionizing, adjective
self-ionization, noun
unionized, adjective
ununionized, adjective
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Examples from the web for ionizable
  • A polymer molecule containing ionizable subunits is known as a polyelectrolyte.
  • Atp has multiple ionizable groups with different acid dissociation constants.
British Dictionary definitions for ionizable

ionize

/ˈaɪəˌnaɪz/
verb
1.
to change or become changed into ions
Derived Forms
ionizable, ionisable, adjective
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Word Origin and History for ionizable

ionize

v.

1896, from ion + -ize. Related: Ionized; ionizing.

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ionizable in Medicine

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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ionizable in Science
ionize
  (ī'ə-nīz')   
  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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