Definition of Electronegativity

1. Noun. (chemistry) the tendency of an atom or radical to attract electrons in the formation of an ionic bond.

Exact synonyms: Negativity
Generic synonyms: Inclination, Tendency
Category relationships: Chemical Science, Chemistry

Definition of Electronegativity

1. Noun. the tendency, or a measure of the ability, of an atom or molecule to attract electrons and thus form bonds ¹

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Medical Definition of Electronegativity

1. The likelihood that an atom or molecule will attract electrons, the strength of the attraction. The tendency of an atom or molecule to become negatively charged. (09 Oct 1997)

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Literary usage of Electronegativity

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1. Journal of the American Chemical Society by American Chemical Society (1879)
"The influence of the electronegativity of substituents at the nitrogen atoms may be accounted for without reference to the excited electronic states. ..."

2. The Origin and Development of the Nervous System: From a Physiological Viewpoint by Charles Manning Child (1921)
"Let us suppose an excitation to occur at a with an increase in electronegativity ab. It is evident that the current produced by excitation at a will be ..."

3. Clinical electrocardiography by Fredrick Arthur Willius (1922)
"This arrangement again deviates from the normal in altering the area of primary electronegativity; it is a lesser change in that the right upper zone ..."

4. Science by American Association for the Advancement of Science (1883)
"JJ Thomson, Cavendish Professor famous for his measurement of elm, proposed in 1914 that atomic polarizabilities be used as a measure of electronegativity ..."

5. Technology Against Terrorism: The Federal Effort (1992)
"This is called electronegativity. The -NO2 groups typical of modem explosives possess this property. 7This means that the molecules easily break up when ..."

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