from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun A molecule, especially an amino acid, containing a positively charged ion at one end and a negatively charged ion at the other.
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- noun chemistry A
molecule, such as an amino acid, that carries both a positiveand a negative charge.
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
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'Others have searched for such zwitterion [electrically neutral compound that carries positive and negative charges on different atoms] formation in molecular clusters unsuccessfully, but theoreticians had predicted the possibility that only four water molecules might suffice for the reaction to proceed spontaneously,' adds Zwier.
Control of pH in human long-term bone marrow cultures with low-glucose medium containing zwitterion buffer lengthens the period of haemopoietic activity.
That seems big for such simple cases as binding a dropdownlist so I assume that EF is doing extra unnecessary work somewhere) zwitterion