am·​bi·​dent | \ ˈam-bə-dənt How to pronounce ambident (audio) \

Definition of ambident

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

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First Known Use of ambident

1971, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for ambident

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

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“Ambident.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 May. 2020.

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