Amphipathic vs Amphipath - What's the difference?

amphipathic | amphipath |


As an adjective amphipathic

is (chemistry) describing a molecule, such as a detergent, which has both hydrophobic and hydrophilic groups.

As a noun amphipath is

any amphipathic substance or material.

amphipathic

Adjective

(-)
  • (chemistry) describing a molecule, such as a detergent, which has both hydrophobic and hydrophilic groups.
  • (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.
  • See also

    * amphiprotic * amphoteric * surfactant

    amphipath

    English

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • Any amphipathic substance or material