amphoteric

adjective
am·​pho·​ter·​ic | \ ˌam(p)-fə-ˈter-ik How to pronounce amphoteric (audio) \

Definition of amphoteric

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

First Known Use of amphoteric

1832, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for amphoteric

borrowed from German amphoterisch, from Greek amphóteros "either of two, (in plural) both" (derivative, with the suffix of ordering -teros, of ámphō "both") + -isch -ish — more at ambi-

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“Amphoteric.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/amphoteric. Accessed 7 Mar. 2021.

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amphoteric

adjective
am·​pho·​ter·​ic | \ ˌam(p)-fə-ˈter-ik How to pronounce amphoteric (audio) \

Medical Definition of amphoteric

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

Other Words from amphoteric

amphoterism \ -​ˈter-​ˌiz-​əm How to pronounce amphoteric (audio) \ noun

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