• ion
  • An electrically charged atom or group of atoms formed by the loss or gain of one or more electrons.
Abstract from DBPedia
    An ion (/ˈaɪ.ɒn, -ən/) is an atom or molecule with a net electrical charge. The charge of an electron is considered to be negative by convention and this charge is equal and opposite to the charge of a proton, which is considered to be positive by convention. The net charge of an ion is not zero because its total number of electrons is unequal to its total number of protons. A cation is a positively charged ion with fewer electrons than protons while an anion is a negatively charged ion with more electrons than protons. Opposite electric charges are pulled towards one another by electrostatic force, so cations and anions attract each other and readily form ionic compounds. Ions consisting of only a single atom are termed atomic or monatomic ions, while two or more atoms form molecular ions or polyatomic ions. In the case of physical ionization in a fluid (gas or liquid), "ion pairs" are created by spontaneous molecule collisions, where each generated pair consists of a free electron and a positive ion. Ions are also created by chemical interactions, such as the dissolution of a salt in liquids, or by other means, such as passing a direct current through a conducting solution, dissolving an anode via ionization.

    イオン(独: Ion、英: ion、中: 離子)とは、電子の過剰あるいは欠損により電荷を帯びた原子または原子団のことである。 電離層などのプラズマ、電解質の水溶液やイオン結晶などのイオン結合性を持つ物質内などに存在する。 陰極や陽極に引かれて動くことから、ギリシャ語の ιόν(イオン、英語ラテン翻字: ion、"going"の意)より、ion(移動)の名が付けられた。