Amphoteric Definition

ămfə-tĕrĭk
adjective
Having the characteristics of an acid and a base and capable of reacting chemically either as an acid or a base.
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Having both acid and basic properties.
Webster's New World

(chemistry) Having the characteristics of both an acid and a base, and capable of reacting as either; amphiprotic.

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Capable of reacting chemically as either an acid or a base. Water, ammonia, and the hydroxides of certain metals are amphoteric.
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Origin of Amphoteric

  • From Ancient Greek ἀμφότερος (amphoteros, “each of two”), from ἄμφω (amphō, “both”).

    From Wiktionary

  • From Greek amphoteros each of two from amphō both

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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