[ kat-ahy-uh n, -on ]
/ ˈkætˌaɪ ən, -ɒn /
noun Physical Chemistry.
a positively charged ion that is attracted to the cathode in electrolysis.
any positively charged atom or group of atoms (opposed to anion).
Origin of cation
1825–35; < Greek katión going down (neuter of katiṓn, present participle of kateînai), equivalent to kat- cat- + -i- go + -on neuter present participle suffix
Related formscat·i·on·ic [kat-ahy-on-ik] /ˌkæt aɪˈɒn ɪk/, adjectivecat·i·on·i·cal·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for cationic
/ (ˈkætaɪən) /
a positively charged ion; an ion that is attracted to the cathode during electrolysisCompare anion
Derived Formscationic (ˌkætaɪˈɒnɪk), adjective
Word Origin for cation
C19: from cata- + ion
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Medicine definitions for cationic
[ kăt′ī′ən ]
An ion or group of ions having a positive charge and characteristically moving toward the negative electrode in electrolysis.
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Science definitions for cationic
[ kăt′ī′ən ]
An ion with net positive charge, having more protons than electrons. In electrolysis, cations migrate to a negatively charged cathode. Compare anion.
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