AskDefine | Define tetravalent

Dictionary Definition

tetravalent adj : haveing a valence of four

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Adjective

tetravalent
  1. having a valence of 4

Extensive Definition

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
Privacy Policy, About Us, Terms and Conditions, Contact Us
Permission is granted to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1.2
Material from Wikipedia, Wiktionary, Dict
Valid HTML 4.01 Strict, Valid CSS Level 2.1