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[hal-ahyd, -id, hey-lahyd, -lid]
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  1. a chemical compound in which one of the elements is a halogen.
  1. of, relating to, or characteristic of a halide.

Origin of halide

First recorded in 1875–80; hal(ogen) + -ide
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  • The majority of these halide compounds are decomposed by water, with the formation of basic salts.

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 2, Slice 2


British Dictionary definitions for halide


halid (ˈhælɪd)

  1. a binary compound containing a halogen atom or ion in combination with a more electropositive element
  2. any organic compound containing halogen atoms in its molecules
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Word Origin and History for halide


a compound of a halogen and a metal radical, 1876, from halo- + chemical suffix -ide.

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halide in Medicine


(hălīd′, hālīd′)
  1. A chemical compound of a halogen with a more electropositive element or group.
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halide in Science


[hălīd′, hālīd′]
  1. A chemical compound consisting of a halogen and another element, especially a strongly electropositive metal such as sodium or potassium. Salt is a halide.
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