ambident

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adjective am·bi·dent \ˈam-bə-dənt\

Definition of ambident

of a chemical reagent

  1. :  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

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Origin and Etymology of ambident

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


First Known Use: 1971


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