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  • adj. being able to both donate and accept a proton, and thus being able to react both as an acid and a base; amphoteric

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  • adj. having characteristics of both an acid and a base and capable of reacting as either


amphi- + proton + -ic (Wiktionary)


  • Slide 4: Water Water is amphiprotic  Can act as an acid or a base according to the BL  Theory Water can donate a proton to NH3 and act as an  acid Water can accept a proton from HCl and act like a  base

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