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amphoteric

[ am-fuh-ter-ik ]
/ ˌæm fəˈtɛr ɪk /
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adjective Chemistry.
capable of functioning either as an acid or as a base.
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Origin of amphoteric

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

amphoteric
/ (ˌæmfəˈtɛrɪk) /

adjective
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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Scientific definitions for amphoteric

amphoteric
[ ăm′fə-tĕrĭk ]

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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