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[hahy-drahyd, -drid]
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  1. a binary compound formed by hydrogen and another, usually more electropositive, element or group, as sodium hydride, NaH, or methyl hydride, CH4.

Origin of hydride

First recorded in 1840–50; hydr-2 + -ide
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  1. any compound of hydrogen with another element, including ionic compounds such as sodium hydride (NaH), covalent compounds such as borane (B 2 H 6), and the transition metal hydrides formed when certain metals, such as palladium, absorb hydrogen
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hydride in Medicine


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  1. A compound of hydrogen with another, more electropositive element or group.
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hydride in Science


  1. A compound of hydrogen with another element or radical.
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