elec·​tro·​phile i-ˈlek-trə-ˌfī(-ə)l How to pronounce electrophile (audio)
: an electrophilic substance (such as an electron-accepting reagent)

Word History

First Known Use

1906, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of electrophile was in 1906

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“Electrophile.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/electrophile. Accessed 28 Feb. 2024.

Medical Definition


elec·​tro·​phile i-ˈlek-trə-ˌfīl How to pronounce electrophile (audio)
: an electrophilic substance (as an electron-accepting reagent)

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