Electric Dipole

An object whose centres of positive and negative charge do not coincide.

Example: the hydrogen chloride (HCl) molecule is an electric dipole because bonding electrons are on average closer to the chlorine atom than the hydrogen. This produces a partial positive charge on the H end and a partial negative charge on the Cl end.

See also: Electric Dipole Moment.

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Subjects: Chemistry Physics