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

1970–75; amphi- + -phile

amphiphilic [am-fuh-fil-ik] , adjective Unabridged
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