am·​bi·​dent ˈam-bə-dənt How to pronounce ambident (audio)
of a chemical reagent
: capable of initiating a reaction from two or more sites
X-ray diffraction analysis demonstrated the ambident nature of S-alkylated thiosemicarbazone …News of Science, 5 July 2009

Word History


ambi- + -dent (in bident, trident entry 2)

First Known Use

1971, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of ambident was in 1971

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“Ambident.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2024.

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