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Usually, an atom possesses as many electrically positive protons in its nucleus as it has electrically negative electrons in its shell, rendering it, overall, electrically neutral. Atoms that have more or fewer electrons and are thus, as a whole, electrically charged, are called ions. If you start with an atom that is electrically neutral and make it into an ion by removing or adding electrons, you have ionized that atom.


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  • ionize
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