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 (zwĭt′ər-ī′ən, swĭt′-, tsvĭt′-)
A molecule, especially an amino acid, containing a positively charged ion at one end and a negatively charged ion at the other.

[German : Zwitter, hybrid (from Middle High German zwitarn, from Old High German, from zwi-, twice; see dwo- in Indo-European roots) + Ion, ion (from Greek; see ion).]

zwit′ter·i·on′ic (-ī-ŏn′ĭk) adj.


(Chemistry) chem an ion that carries both a positive and a negative charge
[C20: from German Zwitter hermaphrodite + ion]
zwitterionic adj


(ˈzwɪt ərˌaɪ ən, ˈswɪt-, ˈtsvɪt-)

an ion with both a positive and a negative charge.
[< German Zwitterion (1897) =Zwitter hybrid, hermaphrodite + Ion ion]
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