nucleophilic

[ noo-klee-uh-fil-ik, nyoo- ]
/ ˌnu kli əˈfɪl ɪk, ˌnyu- /

adjective Chemistry.

of or relating to electron contribution in covalent bonding (opposed to electrophilic).

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Origin of nucleophilic

First recorded in 1930–35; nucleo- + -philic

OTHER WORDS FROM nucleophilic

nu·cle·o·phile [noo-klee-uh-fahyl, nyoo-], /ˈnu kli əˌfaɪl, ˈnyu-/, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for nucleophilic

nucleophilic
/ (ˌnjuːklɪəʊˈfɪlɪk) /

adjective

chem having or involving an affinity for positive charge. Nucleophilic reagents (nucleophiles) are molecules, atoms, and ions that behave as electron donorsCompare electrophilic
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