Definition of compound and acidity impact

1. Jun 7, 2014

alingy1

Hi, I was studying the impact of electronegativity in a row of the periodic table on the acidity of compounds.
I came upon a problem of definition: what exactly is a compound? Does it have to be electrically neutral AT ALL TIMES?

2. Jun 18, 2014

Staff: Mentor

As far as I can tell there is no IUPAC definition of what a compound is. I would say it is neutral (which can mean it is a pair of ion/counterion), as charged polyatomic objects are named molecular entities.