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Ions

Synonym(s)

  • charged particles

Definition(s)

An atom or group of atoms that have a positive or negative electric charge due to a gain (negative charge) or loss (positive charge) of one or more electrons. Atoms with a positive charge are known as cations; those with a negative charge are anions.

Definition from: MeSH via Unified Medical Language SystemThis link leads to a site outside Genetics Home Reference. at the National Library of Medicine

1: An atom or group of atoms that carries a positive or negative electric charge as a result of having lost or gained one or more electrons. 2: A charged subatomic particle (as a free electron).

Definition from: Merriam-Webster's Medical DictionaryThis link leads to a site outside Genetics Home Reference. by Merriam-Webster Inc.

See also Understanding Medical Terminology.

 
Published: March 23, 2015