amphoteric


adjective Chemistry.

  1. capable of functioning either as an acid or as a base.

adjective

  1. chem able to function as either a base or an acidAlso: amphiprotic
adj.

“neither acid nor alkaline,” 1832, from Greek amphoteros “each or both of two,” variant of amphi-.

adj.

  1. Having the capacity to react as either an acid or a base.

  1. 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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