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Polarity

Definition
noun
(1) The presence of or having distinct and opposite poles
(2) The condition of having contrasting properties or direction
(3) (chemistry) The tendency of forming distinctive opposing charges based on the orientation of chemical bonds and spatial structure of the molecule
Supplement
(Chemistry) Polarity confers molecules and compounds distinctive features in terms of structure and chemical interaction with other molecules. Water is a polar molecule. Polarity enables water to interact with various compounds.
(Biology) Polarity is also an essential and common feature in organisms, particularly at the cell level. Examples of polarity manifested in a cell or group of cells are as follows:

Related term(s):

  • polar
  • egg polarity gene
  • segment polarity gene
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