cation

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See also: catión and cátion

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Borrowed from Ancient Greek κᾰτῐόν (katión), neuter present participle of κᾰ́τειμῐ (káteimi, to go down, come down), from κᾰτᾰ- (kata-, downwards, down, cata-) +‎ εἶμῐ (eîmi, to go, come). Coined by English polymath William Whewell in 1834 for Michael Faraday, who introduced it later that year.

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  • enPR: kătʹ-ī-ən
  • IPA(key): /ˈkætˌaɪ.ən/, /ˈkætˌaɪ.ɑn/
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cation (plural cations)

  1. (physical chemistry) a positively charged ion, i.e. one that would be attracted to the cathode in electrolysis

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cation m (plural cations)

  1. cation

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From French cation

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cation m (plural cationi)

  1. cation

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