ionic bonding


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ionic bonding

[ī·on′ik]
Etymology: Gk, ienai + ME, band, to bind
an electrostatic force between ions. Ionic compounds do not form true molecules; in aqueous solution they separate into their hydrated constituent ions.

ionic bonding (ī·nˑ·ik bnˑ·ding),

n bond between two ions formed from atoms that lose or gain electrons rather than sharing electrons. Also called
electrovalent bonding.