Is cyanide a anion or a cation?
Cyanide is an anion: CN-
An ion is a charged species (+ or - charge). It arises from the loss or gain of an electron(s). Examples:Sodium is Na; sodium cation is Na^+. The sodium atom has lost an electron. Chlorine is Cl; chloride anion is Cl^-. The chlorine atoms has gained an electron. NH4^+ is the ammonium cation. CN^- is the cyanide anion.