# What is homolytic cleavage?

##### 1 Answer
Nov 24, 2014

Homolytic cleavage is the breaking of a covalent bond in such a way that each fragment gets one of the shared electrons.

The word homolytic comes from the Greek homoios, "equal", and lysis, "loosening".

For example, the homolytic cleavage of a Br-Br bond is

Homolytic cleavage produces free radicals — atoms with unpaired valence electrons.