Definition of ion in English:


Syllabification: i·on
Pronunciation: /ˈīən
, ˈīˌän


An atom or molecule with a net electric charge due to the loss or gain of one or more electrons. See also cation, anion.
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  • Some compounds have polyatomic ions, where the ion is composed of two or more atoms.
  • The charge on the complex ion is the sum of the charges on the metal ion and the ligands.
  • At that stage, the electrons and ions combined into neutral atoms that no longer scattered the radiation.


mid 19th century: from Greek, neuter present participle of ienai 'go'.

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