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Lewis acid

noun, Chemistry
any substance capable of forming a covalent bond with a base by accepting a pair of electrons from it.
Origin of Lewis acid
1940-45; named after G. N. Lewis Unabridged
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Lewis acid

a substance capable of accepting a pair of electrons from a base to form a covalent bond Compare Lewis base
Word Origin
C20: named after G. N. Lewis (1875–1946), US chemist
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