Amphipathic vs Amphiphilic - What's the difference?

amphipathic | amphiphilic |

Amphipathic is a see also of amphiphilic.


As adjectives the difference between amphipathic and amphiphilic

is that amphipathic is (chemistry) describing a molecule, such as a detergent, which has both hydrophobic and hydrophilic groups while amphiphilic is (chemistry|of a molecule) being a detergent: having both hydrophilic and hydrophobic (or lipophilic) groups.

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

    amphiphilic

    English

    Adjective

    (en adjective)
  • (chemistry, of a molecule) Being a detergent: having both hydrophilic and hydrophobic (or lipophilic) groups.
  • (biochemistry, of a protein, especially an alpha helix) Having one surface consisting of hydrophilic amino acids and the opposite surface consisting of hydrophobic (or lipophilic) ones.
  • See also

    * amphipathic * amphiprotic * amphoteric * surfactant