autoprotolysis

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auto- +‎ protolysis

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autoprotolysis (usually uncountable, plural autoprotolyses)

  1. (chemistry) The autoionization of water (or similar compounds) in which a proton (hydrogen ion) is transferred to form a cation and an anion e.g. 2H2O => H3O+ + OH-

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