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amphipathic

Pronunciation: am′fē-path′ik

Definition: Denoting a molecule, such as comprises detergents or wetting agents, which contains groups with characteristically different properties, both hydrophilic and hydrophobic properties.

Synonym(s): amphiphilic, amphiphobic

[amphi- + G. pathos, feeling]

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