Base anhydride

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The oxides of group 1 and 2 elements (alkali metals and alkaline earth metals) are called base anhydrides. They are obtained by removing water from the corresponding hydroxide base. If water is added to a base anhydride, a corresponding hydroxide salt can be re-formed.

Base anhydrides are not Brønsted–Lowry bases because they are not proton acceptors. However, they are Lewis bases, because they will share an electron pair with some Lewis acids, most notably acidic oxides.[1]


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  1. ^ Principles of Modern Chemistry, 7th Edition. David Oxtoby, H. P. Gillis, Alan Campion. Published by Cengage Learning. Page 675-676. ISBN 978-0840049315