to dissociate into ions, as by dissolution in water or another polar solvent.
To convert (an atom or molecule) into ions, e. g. by dissolving in water, by reaction with acid or alkali, or by interaction with ionizing radiation. See ionization.
A process in which ions are created. HCl, for example, is a covalent compound that ionizes when it dissolves in water.
To strip one or more electrons from an atom or to break up a neutral molecule, thus leaving the parts as electrically charged particles.
An atom is ionized when one of its electrons is ejected. This can occur when the atom is bombarded with other small particles (even other electrons) and one electron is expelled from the atom. This leaves the atom as a charged particle called an ion.
To separate into ions (charged atoms).
To separate or change into ions. An atom is said to be ionized if it carries more or fewer electrons than normal. Electrons can jump from one atom to another leaving the atoms either short of electrons or having too many. The resultant ionization causes a plus or minus charge.
to dissociate atoms or molecules into electrically charged atoms or radicals
To split off one or more electrons from an atom, thus leaving it with a positive electric charge. The electrons usually attach to one of the atoms or molecules, giving them a negative charge. See; Electron.
To make an atom or molecule of an element lose an electron, as by X-ray bombardment, and thus be converted into a positive ion. The free electron may attach itself to a neutral atom or molecule to form a negative ion.