amphipathic

[ am-fuh-path-ik ]
/ ˌæm fəˈpæθ ɪk /

adjective Chemistry.

(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.

Nearby words

  1. amphimixis,
  2. amphinome,
  3. amphinomus,
  4. amphion,
  5. amphioxus,
  6. amphiphile,
  7. amphiploid,
  8. amphipod,
  9. amphipodous,
  10. amphiprostyle

Origin of amphipathic

First recorded in 1970–75; amphi- + -pathic

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British Dictionary definitions for amphipathic

amphipathic

amphipath (ˈæmfɪˌpæθ)

/ (ˌæmfɪˈpæθɪk) /

adjective

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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