a) describing a molecule, such as a detergent, which has both hydrophobic and hydrophilic groups.
b) 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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  • amphipathic — amphipathic. См. амфипатический. (Источник: «Англо русский толковый словарь генетических терминов». Арефьев В.А., Лисовенко Л.А., Москва: Изд во ВНИРО, 1995 г.) …   Молекулярная биология и генетика. Толковый словарь.

  • amphipathic — adjective Etymology: amphi + pathic (as in empathic) Date: 1936 amphiphilic …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • amphipathic — Of a molecule, having both hydrophobic and hydrophilic regions. Can apply equally to small molecules, such as phospholipids, and macromolecules such as proteins …   Dictionary of molecular biology

  • amphipathic — /am feuh path ik/, adj. Chem. (of a molecule) having two different affinities, as a polar end that is attracted to water and a nonpolar end that is repelled by it. [1970 75; AMPHI + PATHIC] * * * …   Universalium

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  • amphipathic — 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) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • amphipathic — [ˌamfɪ paθɪk] (also amphiphilic ˌamfɪ fɪlɪk) adjective Biochemistry (of a molecule) having both hydrophilic and hydrophobic parts. Origin 1930s: from amphi + Gk pathikos (from pathos experience ) …   English new terms dictionary

  • amphipathic — am·phi·path·ic …   English syllables

  • amphipathic — adj. Chem. 1 of a substance or molecule that has both a hydrophilic and a hydrophobic part. 2 consisting of such parts. Etymology: AMPHI + Gk pathikos (as PATHOS) …   Useful english dictionary

  • Amphipathic lipids — are molecules that are mostly lipid like (hydrophobic) in structure, but at one end have a region that is polar or ionic (hydrophilic). The hydrophilic region is usually referred to as the head group, and the lipid portion is know as the tail(s) …   Wikipedia

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