Term: base (chemistry)
Origin: Anc Greek
βάσις> vassis (=step, pedestal, foundation)
>βαίνω/vaino(=step, go, come)
|Guillaume-François Rouelle (1703-1770)|
In 1754 by French chemist Guillaume-François Rouelle (1703-1770) as he noted that acids turned into solid salts only when combined with specific substances. These substances formed a concrete base for the salt, and hence the name.
A base is a substance that can accept hydrogen ions or any chemical compound that yields hydroxide ions (
) in solution OH-