Polyatomic Ion: Definition and Examples

What Is a Polyatomic Ion in Chemistry?

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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.

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