amphoteric

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am·pho·ter·ic

 (ăm′fə-tĕr′ĭk)
adj.
Having the characteristics of an acid and a base and capable of reacting chemically either as an acid or a base.

[From Greek amphoteros, each of two, from amphō, both.]

amphoteric

(ˌæmfəˈtɛrɪk)
adj
(Chemistry) chem able to function as either a base or an acid. Also: amphiprotic
[C19: from Greek amphoteros each of two (from amphō both) + -ic]

am•pho•ter•ic

(ˌæm fəˈtɛr ɪk)

adj.
capable of functioning either as an acid or as a base.
[1840–50; < Greek amphóter(os) either (comp. of ámphō both; c. Latin ambō) + -ic]

am·pho·ter·ic

(ăm′fə-tĕr′ĭk)
Capable of reacting chemically as either an acid or a base. Water, ammonia, and the hydroxides of certain metals are amphoteric.

amphoteric

Describes a substance which exhibits properties of both an acid and a base.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.amphoteric - having characteristics of both an acid and a base and capable of reacting as eitheramphoteric - having characteristics of both an acid and a base and capable of reacting as either
chemical science, chemistry - the science of matter; the branch of the natural sciences dealing with the composition of substances and their properties and reactions
acidic - being or containing an acid; of a solution having an excess of hydrogen atoms (having a pH of less than 7)
alkalic, alkaline - relating to or containing an alkali; having a pH greater than 7; "alkaline soils derived from chalk or limestone"
Translations

amphoteric

[ˌæmfəˈtɛrɪk] adj (Chem) → anfotero/a