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zwitterion

[ tsvit-er-ahy-uhn ]
/ ˈtsvɪt ərˌaɪ ən /
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noun Physical Chemistry.
an ion with both a positive and a negative charge.
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Origin of zwitterion

<German Zwitterion (1897), equivalent to Zwitter hybrid, hermaphrodite + Ionion

OTHER WORDS FROM zwitterion

zwit·ter·i·on·ic [tsvit-er-ahy-on-ik], /ˌtsvɪt ər aɪˈɒn ɪk/, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for zwitterion

zwitterion
/ (ˈtsvɪtərˌaɪən) /

noun
chem an ion that carries both a positive and a negative charge

Derived forms of zwitterion

zwitterionic (ˌtsvɪtəraɪˈɒnɪk), adjective

Word Origin for zwitterion

C20: from German Zwitter hermaphrodite + ion
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