noun Physical Chemistry.
- cation exchange,
- cation-exchange resin,
- cationic detergent,
Origin of cation
Examples from the Web for cation
For this class of grievances the present edu- cation of woman is responsible.The Unexpurgated Case Against Women Suffrage|Almroth E. Wright
It will be noticed that in neutralization the anion of the acid and the cation of the base are not changed.
The remainder of the molecule, which usually consists of a single atom, is the cation.
Word Origin for cation
1834, from Greek kation "going down," neuter present participle of katienai "to go down," from kata "down" (see cata-) + ienai "to go" (see ion). Proposed by the Rev. William Whewell (1794-1866), English polymath, and published by English physicist Michael Faraday.