am·​phi·​phil·​ic | \ ˌam(p)-fə-ˈfi-lik How to pronounce amphiphilic (audio) \

Definition of amphiphilic

: of, relating to, or being a compound (such 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

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amphiphile \ ˈam(p)-​fə-​ˌfī(-​ə)l How to pronounce amphiphilic (audio) \ noun

Examples of amphiphilic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Our ever-present, super-affordable, totally amphiphilic friend SOAP is here to save us all. Heather Arndt Anderson, Sunset Magazine, "For the Love of All That Is Good, People, Please Don’t DIY Your Hand Sanitizer," 12 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of amphiphilic

1948, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for amphiphilic

amphi- + -philic

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The first known use of amphiphilic was in 1948

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“Amphiphilic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Mar. 2021.

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am·​phi·​phil·​ic | \ ˌam-fə-ˈfil-ik How to pronounce amphiphilic (audio) \

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

Other Words from amphiphilic

amphiphile \ ˈam-​fə-​ˌfīl How to pronounce amphiphilic (audio) \ noun

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