(ē lek′trō vā′ləns, i-; -trə-)
- the number of electrons an atom gains or loses in forming a compound during a chemical reaction
- ionic bond
See electrovalence in American Heritage Dictionary 4
- Valence characterized by the transfer of electrons from atoms of one element to atoms of another during the formation of an ionic bond between the atoms.
- The number of electric charges lost or gained by an atom in such a transfer.
- e·lecˌtro·vaˈlent adjective