valence electron

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valence electron

n.
An electron in an outer shell of an atom that can participate in forming chemical bonds with other atoms.

va′lence elec`tron


n.
an electron of an atom, located in the outermost shell (va′lence shell`) of the atom, that can be transferred to or shared with another atom.
[1925–30]
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Noun1.valence electron - an electron in the outer shell of an atom which can combine with other atoms to form molecules
electron, negatron - an elementary particle with negative charge
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