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Related to electrovalence: covalence
1. Valence characterized by the transfer of electrons from atoms of one element to atoms of another during the formation of an ionic bond between the atoms.
2. The number of electric charges lost or gained by an atom in such a transfer.
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e•lec•tro•va•lence(ɪˌlɛk troʊˈveɪ ləns)
1. the valence of an ion, equal to the number of positive or negative charges acquired by an atom through a loss or gain of electrons.
2. Also called elec′trova′lent bond′. ionic bond.
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