AskDefine | Define tetravalent

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tetravalent adj : haveing a valence of four

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  1. having a valence of 4

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In chemistry, a tetravalence is the state of an atom with four electrons available for covalent chemical bonding in its valence (outermost electron shell). An example is methane (CH4): the tetravalent carbon atom forms a covalent bond with four hydrogen atoms. The carbon atom is called tetravalent because it forms 4 covalent bonds.
tetravalent in Arabic: رباعي تكافؤ
tetravalent in French: Tétravalence
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