ionization potential

noun Physics.

the energy required to remove an electron from an atom.

Origin of ionization potential

First recorded in 1910–15 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for ionization potential

ionization potential


the energy usually required to remove an electron from an atom, molecule, or radical, usually measured in electronvoltsSymbol: I Compare electron affinity
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