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=).
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