amphipathic(redirected from amphiphobic)
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Denoting a molecule, such as comprises detergents or wetting agents, which contains groups with characteristically different properties, for example, both hydrophilic and hydrophobic properties.
[amphi- + G. pathos, feeling]
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amphipathicOf 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.
Collins Dictionary of Medicine © Robert M. Youngson 2004, 2005
amphipathica molecule containing both HYDROPHILIC and HYDROPHOBIC components, as in a phospholipid molecule. See FLUID-MOSAIC MODEL.
Collins Dictionary of Biology, 3rd ed. © W. G. Hale, V. A. Saunders, J. P. Margham 2005