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What is the difference between polyatomic ion and a radical


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Polyatomic ions :
Molecules containing more than one type of atom as shown below in the form of charged species such as + charged or negatively charged.

Example :
Acetate - C2H3O2 -
bicarbonate (or hydrogen carbonate) - HCO3 -
bisulfate (or hydrogen sulfate) - HSO4 -
chlorate - ClO3 -

Radicals :
The species which do not contain complete charge on the atom but contain only one electron on the atom to react. Such species are called as the radicals

Example : Formation of radical species benzoyl chloride

Chemistry

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