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In aqueous solution, the process in which a solid ionic compound separates into its ions.

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Bond Order

Half the numbers of electrons in bonding orbitals minus half the number of electrons in antibonding orbitals. Bond order gives an indication to the stability of a bond. Also defined as the difference between the number of bonding electrons and antibonding electrons divided by two.

Film badge

A small patch of photographic film worn on clothing to detect and measure accumulated incident ionizing radiation.

London Forces

Very weak and very short-range attractive forces between short-lived temporary (induced) dipoles, also called dispersion Forces.

Moderator

A substance such as hydrogen, deuterium, oxygen or paraffin capable of slowing fast nuetrons upon collision.

Suspension

A heterogeneous mixture in which solute-like particles settle out of solvent-like phase some time after their introduction.

Polyene

A compound that contains more than one double bond per molecule.

Hydrate

A solid compound that contains a definite percentage of bound water.

Levorotatory

Refers to an optically active substance that rotates the plane of plane polarized light counterclockwise, also called levo.

Basic Anhydride

The oxide of a metal that reacts with water to form a base.

Hydrogenation

The reaction in which hydrogen adds across a double or triple bond.