What Holds Ionic Bonds Together?

By Staff WriterLast Updated Apr 10, 2020 12:44:15 PM ET
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Ionic bonds hold atoms together using the electrostatic charge between their positive and negative ions. These ions are formed when electrons are transferred between atoms, the net loss or gain determining if the ion is positive, called a cation, or negative, an anion.

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