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I know amphoteric means a compound can act as an acid or base, and amphiprotic means that the compound can both donate and accept a proton. So my question is what exactly is the difference between these two definitions? Don't they essentially mean the same exact thing?
Amphiprotic is more specific in saying that the compound can both donate and accept protons, but amphoteric just means a compound has acidic and basic properties, not the real principle of what it means to be a bronsted acid or base.
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