heterolytic cleavage

heterolytic cleavage

[‚hed·ə·rō¦lid·ik ′klēv·ij]
(organic chemistry)
The breaking of a single (two-electron) chemical bond in which both electrons remain on one of the atoms. Also known as heterolysis.
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Homolytic versus heterolytic cleavage for the photochemistry of 1-naphthylmethyl derivatives.
Heterolytic cleavage, when a single bond (two electrons) breaks leaving both the electrons on one of the fragments.