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The force by which ions hold their electric charges.

Ions are atoms or a group of atoms that have acquired a net electric charge by gaining or losing one or more electrons.

Ions in the organism are universal participants in the bodily metabolism.

In particular, ions participate in the mechanisms responsible for the permeability of biological membranes, in the regulation of muscular contraction, and in the propagation of the excitation impulses within the nerve tissues.

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