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Any chemical compound or functional group that has a negative charge. Anions are attracted to the anode in an electrolytic solution. They generally dissolve in water and precipitate with cationic compounds. Examples of anions are hydroxyl (OH-), carbonate (CO3=), chloride (Cl-) and sulfate (SO4=).

Resources and Citations

  • Richard S. Lewis, Hawley's Condensed Chemical Dictionary, Van Nostrand Reinhold, New York, 10th ed., 1993
  • Matt Roberts, Don Etherington, Bookbinding and the Conservation of Books: a Dictionary of Descriptive Terminology, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington DC, 1982
  • Van Nostrand's Scientific Encyclopedia, Douglas M. Considine (ed.), Van Nostrand Reinhold, New York, 1976

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