What Ionic Means in Chemistry

Potassium chlorate
Potassium chlorate is an example of an ionic compound. Ben Mills/Wikimedia Commons/Public Domain

You may come across the term "ionic" in your studies of chemistry. This term is an important term to know as it relates to multiple types of chemical and physical concepts.

Ionic Definition

In chemistry, the term ionic means pertaining to something carrying a net electrical charge, as an ionic bond or ionic compound.