acceptor

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noun ac·cep·tor \ik-ˈsep-tər, ak-\

Definition of acceptor

  1. 1 :  accepter 1

  2. 2 :  one that accepts an order or a bill of exchange

  3. 3 :  an atom, molecule, or subatomic particle capable of receiving another entity (such as an electron) especially to form a compound — compare donor 3a

Origin and Etymology of acceptor

Middle English acceptour (in the phrase acceptour of persones, translation of the Vulgate phrase personarum acceptor—Acts 10:34), borrowed from Latin acceptor, from accipere “to take, receive” + -tor, agent suffix — more at accept


First Known Use: 1504


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acceptor

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noun ac·cep·tor \ik-ˈsep-tər, ak-\

Medical Definition of acceptor

  1. :  an atom, molecule, or subatomic particle capable of receiving another entity (as an electron) especially to form a compound—compare donor 2


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