from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of or relating to a molecule having a polar, water-soluble group attached to a nonpolar, water-insoluble hydrocarbon chain.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Being a detergent: having both hydrophilic and hydrophobic (or lipophilic) groups.
  • adj. Having one surface consisting of hydrophilic amino acids and the opposite surface consisting of hydrophobic (or lipophilic) ones.


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