amphiphile

[ am-fuh-fahyl ]
/ ˈæm fəˌfaɪl /

noun Biochemistry.

any of many organic compounds, as a surfactant, detergent, bile salt, or phospholipid, composed of hydrophilic and hydrophobic portions.

Nearby words

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

Origin of amphiphile

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

Related formsam·phi·phil·ic [am-fuh-fil-ik] /ˌæm fəˈfɪl ɪk/, adjective

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