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amphipathic

[am-fuh-path-ik] /ˌæm fəˈpæθ ɪk/
adjective, Chemistry
1.
(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
1970-1975
1970-75; amphi- + -pathic
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amphipathic

/ˌæmfɪˈpæθɪk/
adjective
1.
(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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