am·​phi·​path·​ic ˌam(p)-fə-ˈpa-thik How to pronounce amphipathic (audio)

Examples of amphipathic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Emulsifiers are amphipathic compounds, meaning the molecule has both a polar and nonpolar section. Alice Chi Phung, Discover Magazine, 10 Mar. 2015 Their trick boils down to a couple of things: The sequences are relatively short, positively charged, and amphipathic (not too water-repelling or oil-repelling). Max G. Levy, Wired, 30 Nov. 2021

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Word History


amphi- + -pathic

First Known Use

1936, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of amphipathic was in 1936

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“Amphipathic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2023.

Medical Definition


am·​phi·​path·​ic ˌam-fə-ˈpath-ik How to pronounce amphipathic (audio)
amphipath noun
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