amphoteric

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adjective am·pho·ter·ic \ˌam(p)-fə-ˈter-ik\

Definition of amphoteric

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

Origin and Etymology of amphoteric

International Scientific Vocabulary, from Greek amphoteros each of two, from amphō both — more at ambi-


First Known Use: circa 1849


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amphoteric

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adjective am·pho·ter·ic \ˌam(p)-fə-ˈter-ik\

Medical Definition of amphoteric

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

amphoterism

\-ˈter-ˌiz-əm\play noun

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