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amphoteric

amphoteric

adjective am·pho·ter·ic \ˌam(p)-fə-ˈter-ik\

Definition of AMPHOTERIC

:  partly one and partly the other; specifically :  capable of reacting chemically either as an acid or as a base

Origin of AMPHOTERIC

International Scientific Vocabulary, from Greek amphoteros each of two, from amphō both — more at ambi-
First Known Use: circa 1849

amphoteric

adjective am·pho·ter·ic \ˌam(p)-fə-ˈter-ik\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of AMPHOTERIC

:  partly one and partly the other; specifically :  capable of reacting chemically either as an acid or as a base
am·pho·ter·ism \-ˈter-ˌiz-əm\ noun

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