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electrophilic

[ ih-lek-truh-fil-ik ]
/ ɪˌlɛk trəˈfɪl ɪk /
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adjective Chemistry.

of or relating to electron acceptance in covalent bonding (opposed to nucleophilic).

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Origin of electrophilic

First recorded in 1940–45; electr(on) + -o- + -philic
e·lec·tro·phil·i·cal·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for electrophilic

electrophilic
/ (ɪˌlɛktrəʊˈfɪlɪk) /

adjective

chem having or involving an affinity for negative charge. Electrophilic reagents (electrophiles) are atoms, molecules, and ions that behave as electron acceptorsCompare nucleophilic
electrophile (ɪˈlɛktrəʊˌfaɪl), noun
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