amphiphilic

adjective
am·phi·phil·ic | \-ˈfi-lik \

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-ˌfīl \ noun

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1948, in the meaning defined above

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amphiphilic

adjective
am·phi·phil·ic | \ˌam-fə-ˈfil-ik \

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 \ noun

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