nonpolar compound


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non·po·lar com·pound

a compound composed of molecules that possess a symmetric distribution of charge, so that no positive or negative poles exist, and that are not ionizable in solution, for example, hydrocarbons.
See also: organic compound.

nonpolar compound

A compound formed by the sharing of electrons.
See also: nonpolar
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The entire tribe appears to be characterized by the abundance of nonpolar compounds, most likely terpenoids.
Nonpolar compounds are easily transported across lipid membranes and can be retained in milk fat due to their lipophilic characteristics (21).
This allows you to extract nonpolar compounds, but makes it impossible to measure polar and/or ionic compounds.