amphipathic

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EtymologyEdit

amphi- +‎ -pathic

AdjectiveEdit

amphipathic (not comparable)

  1. (chemistry) describing a molecule, such as a detergent, which has both hydrophobic and hydrophilic groups.
  2. (biochemistry) often refers to the surface(s) on a protein, particularly an alpha helix, where one surface of the alpha helix has hydrophilic amino acids and the opposite face has hydrophobic (or lipophilic) amino acids.

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Last modified on 16 June 2013, at 15:30