One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
- ‘For example, electrons in a covalent bond are assigned to the more electronegative atom.’
- ‘Consequently, the more electronegative atom has a partial negative charge.’
- ‘The centers of corresponding ellipsoids are close, in agreement with well-known restrictions on the hydrogen bonding of electronegative atoms.’
- ‘The less electronegative atom will have a partial positive charge since the shared electrons spend less time near it.’
- ‘Specifically, large electropositive or electronegative regions can reasonably attract oppositely charged entities through long-range electrostatic interactions.’
(of an element) tending to acquire electrons and form negative ions in chemical reactions.
- ‘Since there are two atoms bound to the sulfur atom (the less electronegative element), there must be one double bond.’
- ‘Oxygen, the next most electronegative element, is also a powerful oxidant, as are chlorine and bromine.’
- ‘In the case of binary covalent compounds, the positive oxidation number is assigned to the more electropositive element, and the negative oxidation number to the more electronegative element.’
- ‘Also, the energy has such a large negative value, because the cholesterol hydroxyl interaction with the phosphate group involves several electronegative phosphate oxygens.’
- ‘Because halogens are highly electronegative, their atoms normally retain negative charge in these compounds.’
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