overlapping orbitals

overlapping orbitals

[¦ō·vər¦lap·iŋ ′ȯrb·əd·əlz]
(atomic physics)
Two orbitals (usually of electrons associated with different atoms in a molecule) for which there is a region of space where both are of appreciable magnitude.
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