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  1. ionic bond, electrovalent bond, electrostatic bond(noun)

    a chemical bond in which one atom loses an electron to form a positive ion and the other atom gains an electron to form a negative ion

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  1. ionic bond(Noun)

    A type of chemical bond where two atoms or molecules are connected to each other by electrostatic attraction.

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  1. Ionic bond

    An ionic bond is a type of chemical bond formed through an electrostatic attraction between two oppositely charged ions. Ionic bonds are formed due to the attraction between an atom that has lost one or more electron and an atom that has gained one or more electrons. Usually, the cation is a metal atom and the anion is a nonmetal atom. It is important to recognize that pure ionic bonding - in which one atom "steals" an electron from another - cannot exist: all ionic compounds have some degree of covalent bonding, or electron sharing. Thus, the term "ionic bond" is given to a bond in which the ionic character is greater than the covalent character - that is, a bond in which a large electronegativity difference exists between the two atoms, causing the bond to be more polar than other forms of covalent bonding where electrons are shared more equally. Bonds with partially ionic and partially covalent character are called polar covalent bonds. Nevertheless, ionic bonding is considered to be a form of noncovalent bonding. Ionic compounds conduct electricity when molten or in solution, but not as a solid. They generally have a high melting point and tend to be soluble in water.


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