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κ (kappa)

in inorganic nomenclature
An affix in the name of a polydentate chelate complex indicating single ligating atom attachments of a polyatomic ligand to a coordination centre. A right superscript numerical index indicates the number of such attachments. Example: Ni[(CH3)2PCH2CH2P(CH3)2]Br2, dibromobis[1,2-ethanediylbis(dimethylphosphine)-κ2P]nickel(II).
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IUPAC. Compendium of Chemical Terminology, 2nd ed. (the "Gold Book"). Compiled by A. D. McNaught and A. Wilkinson. Blackwell Scientific Publications, Oxford (1997). XML on-line corrected version: (2006-) created by M. Nic, J. Jirat, B. Kosata; updates compiled by A. Jenkins. ISBN 0-9678550-9-8.
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