amphoteric

[am-fuh-ter-ik]

Origin of amphoteric

1840–50; < Greek amphóter(os) (comparative of ámphō both; cognate with Latin ambō) + -ic
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amphoteric

adjective
  1. chem able to function as either a base or an acidAlso: amphiprotic

Word Origin for amphoteric

C19: from Greek amphoteros each of two (from amphō both) + -ic
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Word Origin and History for amphoteric
adj.

"neither acid nor alkaline," 1832, from Greek amphoteros "each or both of two," variant of amphi-.

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amphoteric in Medicine

amphoteric

[ăm′fə-tĕrĭk]
adj.
  1. Having the capacity to react as either an acid or a base.
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amphoteric in Science

amphoteric

[ăm′fə-tĕrĭk]
  1. Capable of reacting chemically as either an acid or a base. Water, ammonia, and the hydroxides of certain metals are amphoteric.
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