amphoterism

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amphoteric Describing a compound that can act as both an acid and a base. Amino acids, which contain both acidic and basic groups in their molecules, can be described as amphoteric. Solvents, such as water, that can both donate and accept protons are usually described as amphiprotic (see solvent).

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