Definition of carbocation in English:


Line breaks: carbo|cat¦ion
Pronunciation: /ˌkɑːbə(ʊ)ˈkatʌɪən


  • another term for carbonium ion.
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    • Some examples of positively charged electrophiles are the hydronium ion, nitronium ions, metal ions, and carbocations.
    • All carbocations are strong alkylating agents with a high affinity for groups which donate or share their electrons, such as halide ions, hydroxyl anions and amines.
    • The resulting esters generate carbocations that react with DNA.


1950s: from carbo- + cation.

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