Word Origin a negatively charged ion, as one attracted to the anode in electrolysis. any negatively charged atom or group of atoms (opposed to cation). Origin of anion 1825–35;
going up (present participle of
to go up), equivalent to
an- an- 3
present participle suffix
Related forms an·i·on·ic , [an-ahy- on-ik] /ˌæn aɪˈɒn ɪk/ adjective an·i·on·i·cal·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for anionic a negatively charged ion; an ion that is attracted to the anode during electrolysis Compare cation Derived Forms anionic ( ˌænaɪˈɒnɪk), adjective Word Origin
ana- + ion
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Word Origin and History for anionic anion n.
"a negatively charged ion, which moves toward the
anode (q.v.) during electrolysis," 1834, proposed by the Rev. William Whewell (1794-1866), English polymath, and published by English physicist Michael Faraday, from Greek anion "(thing) going up," neuter past participle of anienai "go up," from ana "up" (see ana-) + ienai "go" (see ion).
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anion (ăn ′ī′ən) A negatively charged ion, especially one that migrates to the anode in electrolysis. Related forms an ( ′i•on ′ic -ŏn) ′ĭk adj.
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An ion with net negative charge, having more electrons than protons. In electrolysis, anions migrate to a positively charged anode. Compare cation.
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