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1. Having a positive electric charge.
2. Capable of acting as a positive electrode.
3. Tending to release electrons to form a chemical bond.
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1. (General Physics) having a positive electric charge
2. (Chemistry) (of an atom, group, molecule, etc) tending to release electrons and form positive ions or polarized bonds. Compare electronegative
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(ɪˌlɛk troʊˈpɒz ɪ tɪv)

1. containing positive electricity; tending to migrate to the negative pole in electrolysis.
2. assuming positive potential when in contact with a dissimilar substance.
3. basic, as an element or group.
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Adj.1.electropositive - having a positive charge; "protons are positive"
charged - of a particle or body or system; having a net amount of positive or negative electric charge; "charged particles"; "a charged battery"
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This form of passive layer could be less porous and more compact such that it could shift the corrosion-potential towards more electropositive direction while it mitigates corrosion effects in chloride-contaminated environment [34].
In this study, electronegative HA covalently bound to electropositive chitosan via EDC to formulate assembly into NPs with drug loading activity.
This was in the order [Ni.sup.2+] < [Cu.sup.2+] < [Zn.sup.2+] with [Zn.sup.2+] being the most electropositive one.
However, similar considerations can be applied for an electropositive gas such as water vapour: the molecule will act as a donor level inducing a downward band bending at the surface [28].
The portion with red color is representative of negative charge with higher electron density, while the region in blue is electropositive with lower electron density.
Under these conditions, two types of linkages confer stability on the aggregates: electronegative functional groups of the organic matter bind to the electropositive domains of the oxides, and [Al.sup.3+] ions form bridges between oxide domains (Vrdoljak and Sposito 2002; Six et al.
Numerous detached electropositive amino groups in the shell covered SPION-CDDP nanoparticles were able to electrostatically adsorb electronegative TFPI-2 pDNA.
The electrochemical cell configuration thus consists of one metal (more electropositive) as anode and the other as cathode (more electronegative) connected via the junction electrolyte as indicated in Scheme 1 [24].