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A compound of a halogen with another element or group. The halides of typical metals are ionic (e.g. sodium fluoride, Na+F). Metals can also form halides in which the bonding is largely covalent (e.g. aluminium chloride, AlCl3). Organic compounds are also sometimes referred to as halides; e.g. the alkyl halides (see haloalkanes) and the acyl halides. Halides are named fluorides, chlorides, bromides, or iodides.

Subjects: Chemistry — Earth Sciences and Geography.

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