Polyatomic Ion: Definition and Examples

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This is the chemical structure of the pyrophosphate anion, an example of a polyatomic ion. Todd Helmenstine

Polyatomic ion definition: A polyatomic ion is an ion composed of two or more atoms. A polyatomic ion has either a positive charge (cation) or negative charge (anion).

Examples: The hydroxide cation (OH-) and the phosphate cation (PO43-) are both polyatomic ions.

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Helmenstine, Anne Marie, Ph.D. "Polyatomic Ion: Definition and Examples." ThoughtCo, Aug. 2, 2022, thoughtco.com/definition-of-polyatomic-ion-and-examples-605534. Helmenstine, Anne Marie, Ph.D. (2022, August 2). Polyatomic Ion: Definition and Examples. Retrieved from https://www.thoughtco.com/definition-of-polyatomic-ion-and-examples-605534 Helmenstine, Anne Marie, Ph.D. "Polyatomic Ion: Definition and Examples." ThoughtCo. https://www.thoughtco.com/definition-of-polyatomic-ion-and-examples-605534 (accessed September 24, 2022).