capable of functioning either as an acid or as a base.
In regard to the indications of the amphoteric character of stronger acids, see Chapter XV.
The Elements of Qualitative Chemical Analysis, vol. 1, parts 1 and 2. Julius Stieglitz
Bodies of this kind are known as “amphoteric electrolytes,” since they yield both positive and negative ions, if dissociated.
The Chemistry of Plant Life Roscoe Wilfred Thatcher
(chem) able to function as either a base or an acid Also amphiprotic
“neither acid nor alkaline,” 1832, from Greek amphoteros “each or both of two,” variant of amphi-.
amphoteric am·pho·ter·ic (ām’fə-těr’ĭk)
Having the capacity to react as either an acid or a base.
Capable of reacting chemically as either an acid or a base. Water, ammonia, and the hydroxides of certain metals are amphoteric.
- Amphotericin b
amphotericin b amphotericin B am·pho·ter·i·cin B (ām’fə-těr’ĭ-sĭn) n. An antibiotic derived from strains of the actinomycete Streptomyces nodosus and used in treating systemic fungal infections.
an antibiotic produced by the bacterium Streptomyces nodosus and used in the treatment of fungal infections.
amphoterism amphoterism am·pho·ter·ism (ām’fə-těr’ĭz’əm, ām-fŏt’ə-rĭz’əm) n. The quality of exhibiting the characteristics of an acid and a base and having the capacity to react either as an acid or a base.
- Amphotropic virus
amphotropic virus amphotropic virus am·pho·trop·ic virus (ām’fə-trŏp’ĭk, -trō’pĭk) n. An oncornavirus that does not produce disease in its natural host, but does replicate in tissue culture cells of the host species and in cells from other species.