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am·phi·path·ic

(am'fē-path'ik),
Denoting a molecule, such as comprises detergents or wetting agents, which contains groups with characteristically different properties, for example, both hydrophilic and hydrophobic properties.
Synonym(s): amphiphilic, amphiphobic
[amphi- + G. pathos, feeling]

amphipathic

[-path′ik]
Etymology: Gk, amphi both + pathos suffering
pertaining to a molecule having two sides with characteristically different properties, such as a detergent, which has both a polar (hydrophilic) end and a nonpolar (hydrophobic) end but is long enough so that each end demonstrates its own solubility characteristics.

amphipathic

Of a chemical structure having both hydrophobic and hydrophilic surfaces as in the case of the phospholipid molecules of the cell membrane. Some proteins have amphipathic regions.

amphipathic

a molecule containing both HYDROPHILIC and HYDROPHOBIC components, as in a phospholipid molecule. See FLUID-MOSAIC MODEL.

amphipathic

molecules containing both polar and non-polar regions in their structure.