- the number of electron pairs that an atom can share with other atoms.
Origin of covalence
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"The covalent bonds… are so strong that you can't break them down by heat," explained Dufresne.Home Ec at Harvard
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Word Origin and History for covalent
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- Of or relating to a chemical bond characterized by one or more pairs of shared electrons.
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