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Lewis acid

noun Chemistry.
  1. any substance capable of forming a covalent bond with a base by accepting a pair of electrons from it.
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Origin of Lewis acid

First recorded in 1940–45; named after G. N. Lewis
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British Dictionary definitions for lewis acid

Lewis acid

  1. a substance capable of accepting a pair of electrons from a base to form a covalent bondCompare Lewis base
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Word Origin for Lewis acid

C20: named after G. N. Lewis (1875–1946), US chemist
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