(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.
Origin of amphipathic
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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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