A leaving group that carries away the bonding electron pair. For example, in the hydrolysis of an alkyl chloride, Cl is the nucleofuge. The tendency of atoms or groups to depart with the bonding electron pair is called nucleofugality. The adjective is nucleofugal.
See also: electrofuge, nucleophile
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