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).

Nearby words

  1. nucleon,
  2. nucleon number,
  3. nucleonics,
  4. nucleopetal,
  5. nucleophile,
  6. nucleoplasm,
  7. nucleoprotein,
  8. nucleorrhexis,
  9. nucleosidase,
  10. nucleoside

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

/ (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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