• The simplest way to define a base is an ionic compound that produces hydroxide ions when dissolved in water.
  • Since they all contain the OH- anion, names of bases end in Hydroxide.
  • There is no special system for naming bases.
  • The cation is named first followed by “hydroxide” The number of hydroxides in the formula does not affect the name.
  • The compound must be neutral, so the charges of the ions are balanced just as for other ionic compounds.
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