amphiphilic


am·phi·phil·ic

adjective \-ˈfi-lik\

Definition of AMPHIPHILIC

:  of, relating to, or being a compound (as a surfactant) consisting of molecules having a polar water-soluble group attached to a water-insoluble hydrocarbon chain; also :  being a molecule of such a compound
am·phi·phile \ˈam(p)-fə-ˌfīl\ noun

First Known Use of AMPHIPHILIC

1948

am·phi·phil·ic

adjective \ˌam-fə-ˈfil-ik\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of AMPHIPHILIC

: of, relating to, consisting of, or being one or more molecules (as of a glycolipid or sphingolipid) in a biological membrane having a polar water-soluble terminal group attached to a water-insoluble hydrocarbon chain
am·phi·phile \ˈam-fə-ˌfīl\ noun

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