[ am-fuh-path-ik ]
/ ˌæm fəˈpæθ ɪk /
(of a molecule) having two different affinities, as a polar end that is attracted to water and a nonpolar end that is repelled by it.
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British Dictionary definitions for amphipathic
/ (ˌæmfɪˈpæθɪk) /
chem biochem of or relating to a molecule that possesses both hydrophobic and hydrophilic elements, such as are found in detergents, or phospholipids of biological membranes
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