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Meaning of amphiphile

am•phi•phile

Pronunciation: (am'fu-fīl"), [key]
— n. Biochem.
  1. any of many organic compounds, as a surfactant, detergent, bile salt, or phospholipid, composed of hydrophilic and hydrophobic portions.
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