amphiprotic solvent

am·phi·pro·tic sol·'vent

a solvent capable of acting as an acid or a base; for example, H2O.
See also: solvolysis.
See: solvolysis.
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[H.sub.2]O is amphiprotic solvent, where autoprotolysis is observable.
The generation of the net charge of the capillary wall is different in amphiprotic solvents, which have the ability to both accept and donate a proton, and dipolar-aprotic solvents, which can accept a proton, but cannot donate one.