1. amphoteric

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


  • alkaline


  • ἀμφότερος (Ancient Greek (to 1453))
  • ἄμφω (Ancient Greek (to 1453))

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Sentences with amphoteric

1. Adjective
Mild shampoos use nonionic surfactants and amphoteric surfactants, the mildest forms of detergents, and are most often found in baby shampoos.

2. Noun, singular or mass
Water is thus *amphoteric*, or capable of acting as both an acid and a base (while not being especially "good" at either).