Chem. having both acid and basic properties
Origin of amphoteric; from Classical Greek amphoteros, comparative of amph?, both; variant, variety of amphi-, amphi-
Having the characteristics of an acid and a base and capable of reacting chemically either as an acid or a base.
Origin of amphotericFrom Greek amphoteros, each of two, from amph&omacron;, both.
(comparative more amphoteric, superlative most amphoteric)
From Ancient Greek ἀμφότερος (amphoteros, “each of two”), from ἄμφω (amphō, “both”).