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adj. (about a molecule) having a head end that attracts water and a tail end that repels it, hydrophilic at one end and hydrophobic at the other (Chemistry)

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Amphiphile (from the Greek αμφις, amphis: both and φιλíα, philia: love, friendship) is a term describing a chemical compound possessing both hydrophilic (water-loving, polar) and lipophilic (fat-loving) properties. Such a compound is called amphiphilic or amphipathic. This forms the basis for a number of areas of research in chemistry and biochemistry, notably that of lipid polymorphism. Organic compounds containing hydrophilic groups at both ends of a prolate molecule are called bolaamphiphilic. Common amphiphilic substances are soapsdetergents and lipoproteins.

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A molecule that has both a hydrophobic and a hydrophilic part.

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adj. (om en molekyl) å ha et hode som tiltrekker seg vann og et haleparti som frastøter det, hydrofil i en ende og hydrofob i det andre (kjemi)

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