nucleophilic

[noo-klee-uh-fil-ik, nyoo-]

Origin of nucleophilic

First recorded in 1930–35; nucleo- + -philic
Related formsnu·cle·o·phile [noo-klee-uh-fahyl, nyoo-] /ˈnu kli əˌfaɪl, ˈnyu-/, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for nucleophilic

nucleophilic

adjective
  1. 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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