nucleophilic

adjective
nu·​cle·​o·​phil·​ic | \ ˌnü-klē-ə-ˈfi-lik How to pronounce nucleophilic (audio) , ˌnyü- \

Definition of nucleophilic

1 of an atom, ion, or molecule : having an affinity for atomic nuclei : being an electron donor
2 : involving a nucleophilic species a nucleophilic reaction — compare electrophilic

Other Words from nucleophilic

nucleophilically \ ˌnü-​klē-​ə-​ˈfi-​li-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce nucleophilic (audio) , ˌnyü-​ \ adverb
nucleophilicity \ ˌnü-​klē-​ō-​fi-​ˈli-​sə-​tē How to pronounce nucleophilic (audio) , ˌnyü-​ \ noun

First Known Use of nucleophilic

1933, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Nucleophilic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/nucleophilic. Accessed 22 Jan. 2021.

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nucleophilic

adjective
nu·​cleo·​phil·​ic | \ ˌn(y)ü-klē-ə-ˈfil-ik How to pronounce nucleophilic (audio) \

Medical Definition of nucleophilic

1 of an atom, ion, or molecule : having an affinity for atomic nuclei : being an electron donor
2 : involving a nucleophilic species a nucleophilic reaction

Other Words from nucleophilic

nucleophilically \ -​i-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce nucleophilic (audio) \ adverb
nucleophilicity \ -​klē-​ō-​fil-​ˈis-​ət-​ē How to pronounce nucleophilic (audio) \ noun, plural nucleophilicities

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