Conventional ion

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DRAFT DEFINITION
Conventional ion
A radical cation or anion in which the charge site and the unpaired electron spin are both formally located in the same atom or group of atoms, as opposed to the spatially separate electronic configuration of distonic ions. The radical cation of methanol, CH3OH+•, in which the charge and spin sites are formally located at the O atom is an example of a conventional ion, whereas .CH2-OH2+ is a distonic ion.
Considered between 2004 and 2006 but not included in the 2006 PAC submission
This is an unofficial draft definition presented for information and comment.

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