an electron of an atom, located in the outermost shell (valence shell) of the atom, that can be transferred to or shared with another atom.
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- valediction forbidding mourning, a,
- valence band,
- valence electrons,
- valence-conduction band,
- valencia, guillermo,
Origin of valence electron
First recorded in 1925–30
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An electron in one of the outer shells of an atom that can participate in forming chemical bonds with other atoms.
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In chemistry, those electrons found in orbits farthest from the nucleus of the atom. These electrons determine the way in which the atom will combine with other atoms, and thus determine its chemical properties.
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