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Just wanted to let the first answerer know that I'm sad you took your answer away! While I have for the moment decided to go with "stripped atoms", your suggestion for arracher - knock out - was very helpful.
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Explanation: An atom deprived of (some of) its electrons is often called a stripped atom.
Tear off is a straightforward possibility for arracher.
Attila Piróth France Local time: 04:38 Works in field Native speaker of: Hungarian PRO pts in category: 8
Many thanks Attila. I found that stripped atoms is still used even when only a few electrons are missing, so this is what I went with.