Kation



[kat-ahy-uh n, -on] /ˈkætˌaɪ ən, -ɒn/

noun, Physical Chemistry.
1.
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[kat-ahy-uh n, -on] /ˈkætˌaɪ ən, -ɒn/
noun, Physical Chemistry.
1.
a positively charged ion that is attracted to the cathode in electrolysis.
2.
any positively charged atom or group of atoms (opposed to ).
/ˈkætaɪən/
noun
1.
a positively charged ion; an ion that is attracted to the cathode during electrolysis Compare anion
n.

1834, from Greek kation “going down,” neuter present participle of katienai “to go down,” from kata “down” (see cata-) + ienai “to go” (see ion). Proposed by the Rev. William Whewell (1794-1866), English polymath, and published by English physicist Michael Faraday.

cation cat·i·on (kāt’ī’ən)
n.
An ion or group of ions having a positive charge and characteristically moving toward the negative electrode in electrolysis.
cation
(kāt’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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