What do you understand by the term ‘auto protolysis' of water? What is its significance?

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Autoprotolysis is the process when two similar molecules react with each other to produce products that are called ions with Proton transfer. Autoprotolysis of water means the transfer of one Proton from a certain molecule to another. This explains the ability of water act as both acid and base. Therefore, making it amphoteric in nature.

H_2O (l) + H_2O (l) \overset{reversible}{\rightarrow} H_{3}O^{+} (aq) + OH^{-} (aq)

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