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electrophilic

[ih-lek-truh-fil-ik] /ɪˌlɛk trəˈfɪl ɪk/
adjective, Chemistry
1.
of or relating to electron acceptance in covalent bonding (opposed to nucleophilic).
Origin
1940-1945
1940-45; electr(on) + -o- + -philic
Related forms
electrophilically, adverb
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  • Bromine also undergoes electrophilic addition to phenols and anilines.
British Dictionary definitions for electrophilic

electrophilic

/ɪˌlɛktrəʊˈfɪlɪk/
adjective
1.
(chem) having or involving an affinity for negative charge. Electrophilic reagents (electrophiles) are atoms, molecules, and ions that behave as electron acceptors Compare nucleophilic
Derived Forms
electrophile (ɪˈlɛktrəʊˌfaɪl) noun
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