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i·on·ize

(ī'on-īz),
To separate into ions; to dissociate atoms or molecules into electrically charged atoms or radicals.

ionize

[ī′ənīz]
Etymology: Gk, ienai + izein, to cause
to separate or change into ions. See also ion.

ion·ize

(ī'on-īz)
To separate into ions; to dissociate atoms or molecules into electrically charged atoms or radicals.

ionize

to convert into ions.
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To fully ionize helium, a massive star must be extremely hot.
The radiation is so intense, it also ionizes the released hydrogen, producing the red glow.
But the radiation emitted by such stars readily ionizes hydrogen gas, and researchers have found few ionized regions in these galaxies, Knezek observes.