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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.
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These obstacles are difficult to overcome because of both the strong van der Waals attraction between SWNTs (500 eV/[micro]m) (16) and their amphiphobic nature (17).
These obstacles are difficult to overcome because of the strong van der Waals attraction between SWNTs resulting from their chemistry and long, smooth surfaces (12), as well as SWNTs' amphiphobic nature (13).
Compared with SiPU, FSiPUA demonstrated much lower water and oil solvent absorptions due to the common effect of hydrophobic siloxane chains and amphiphobic fluorinated chains.