One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A weak bond between two molecules resulting from an electrostatic attraction between a proton in one molecule and an electronegative atom in the other.
- ‘The two electronegative atoms involved in a hydrogen bond are not bonded covalently; they are non-covalent, electrostatic partners.’
- ‘Compared to say, a covalent bond, a hydrogen bond is approximately one tenth of that strength.’
- ‘Each hydrogen bond between molecules is much weaker than the covalent bonds holding the atoms together within the molecule.’
- ‘Breaking a single hydrogen bond may impair the stability of a protein.’
- ‘This is consistent with a structure that has lost the intramolecular hydrogen bond.’
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