Science questions not covered in Chem 14A and 14B. Try to limit questions to chemistry (inorganic chemistry, physical chemistry, organic chemistry, biophysical chemistry, biochemistry, materials science, environmental chemistry).
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I believe you are referring to amphoteric, which is when a compound has both basic and acidic character. Between metal oxides (bases) and nonmetal oxides (acids) there is a diagonal band, of these amphoteric oxides closely matching the diagonal band of metalloids.
Amphiprotic is something that can accept or donate a proton and can therefore act as an acid or an base. An amphiprotic compound is an example of an amphoteric compound, which has a more general definition as it is any substance that can act as an acid or base. Amphiprotic is just more specific.
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