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amphiphile

[am-fuh-fahyl] /ˈæm fəˌfaɪl/
noun, Biochemistry.
1.
any of many organic compounds, as a surfactant, detergent, bile salt, or phospholipid, composed of hydrophilic and hydrophobic portions.
Origin of amphiphile
1970-1975
First recorded in 1970-75; amphi- + -phile
Related forms
amphiphilic
[am-fuh-fil-ik] /ˌæm fəˈfɪl ɪk/ (Show IPA),
adjective
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