zwitterion

noun
zwit·​ter·​ion | \ ˈtsvi-tər-ˌī-ˌän also ˈzwi- How to pronounce zwitterion (audio) \

Definition of zwitterion

: a dipolar ion

Other Words from zwitterion

zwitterionic \ ˌzwi-​tər-​ī-​ˈä-​nik How to pronounce zwitterionic (audio) , ˌswi-​ \ adjective

First Known Use of zwitterion

1906, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for zwitterion

German, from Zwitter hybrid (from Old High German zwitaran, from zwi-) + Ion ion — more at twi-

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“Zwitterion.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/zwitterionic?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=z&file=zwitte02. Accessed 12 December 2019.

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zwitterion

noun
zwit·​ter·​ion | \ ˈtsvit-ər-ˌī-ˌän also ˈzwit- \

Medical Definition of zwitterion

: a dipolar ion

Other Words from zwitterion

zwitterionic \ ˌtsvit-​ər-​ī-​ˈän-​ik How to pronounce zwitterionic (audio) \ adjective

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