covalence

[ koh-vey-luh ns ]
/ koʊˈveɪ ləns /

noun Chemistry.

the number of electron pairs that an atom can share with other atoms.

Nearby words

  1. couzin,
  2. coué,
  3. coué, émile,
  4. couéism,
  5. cov,
  6. covalency,
  7. covalent,
  8. covalent bond,
  9. covariance,
  10. covariant

Origin of covalence

First recorded in 1915–20; co- + valence

Related formsco·va·lent, adjectiveco·va·lent·ly, adverb

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