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charge number




A dimensionless positive or negative integer which determines the net charge of an ion. Its value is equal to the number of electrons which must be gained or lost by an ion in order achieve a stable state according to the octet rule.

The charge of an ion is the product of the specific charge number and the elementary charge.


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Source: This entry was kindly contributed by Jacek Hawrot