nucleophile

noun

nu·​cle·​o·​phile ˈnü-klē-ə-ˌfī(-ə)l How to pronounce nucleophile (audio)
ˈnyü-
: a nucleophilic substance (such as an electron-donating reagent)

Word History

First Known Use

1943, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of nucleophile was in 1943

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“Nucleophile.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/nucleophile. Accessed 23 Feb. 2024.

Medical Definition

nucleophile

noun
nu·​cleo·​phile ˈn(y)ü-klē-ə-ˌfīl How to pronounce nucleophile (audio)
: a nucleophilic substance (as an electron-donating reagent)

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