[ ahy-uh-nahyz ]
/ ˈaɪ əˌnaɪz /
verb (used with object), i·on·ized, i·on·iz·ing.
verb (used without object), i·on·ized, i·on·iz·ing.
to become changed into the form of ions, as by dissolving.
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Also especially British, i·on·ise.
i·on·iz·a·ble, adjectivei·on·i·za·tion, nouni·on·iz·er, nounnon·i·on·ized, adjective
non·i·on·iz·ing, adjectiveself-i·on·i·za·tion, nounun·i·o·nized, adjectiveun·un·ion·ized, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for self-ionization
/ (ˈaɪəˌnaɪz) /
to change or become changed into ions
Derived Formsionizable or ionisable, adjective
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Word Origin and History for self-ionization
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Medicine definitions for self-ionization
[ ī′ə-nīz′ ]
To dissociate atoms or molecules into electrically charged atoms or radicals.
Related formsi′on•iz′er n.
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Science definitions for self-ionization
[ ī′ə-nīz′ ]
To give an atom or group of atoms a net electric charge by adding or removing one or more electrons.
To form ions in a substance. Lightning ionizes air, for example.
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