One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
- another term for carbonium ion
- ‘The resulting esters generate carbocations that react with DNA.’
- ‘All carbocations are strong alkylating agents with a high affinity for groups which donate or share their electrons, such as halide ions, hydroxyl anions and amines.’
- ‘The methyl carbocation, CH 3 + is the least stable carbocation.’
- ‘Some examples of positively charged electrophiles are the hydronium ion, nitronium ions, metal ions, and carbocations.’
- ‘Therefore, all such red-shifted pigments are believed to be highly delocalized, bond-equalized carbocations.’
1950s: from carbo- + cation.
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