Meade, Thomas J. Division of Biology, Beckman Institute, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, California.
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A compound containing one of the halogens [fluorine (F), chlorine (Cl), bromine (Br), iodine (I)] and another element or organic group. Halides have the general formula MxXy, where M is a metal or organic group and X is a halogen. Halides are composed of almost every element in the periodic table, and they are referred to as fluorides, chlorides, bromides, or iodides. See also: Halogen elements; Periodic table
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