amphipathic molecule

amphipathic molecule

[‚am·fə′path·ik ′mäl·ə‚kyül]
(organic chemistry)
A molecule having both hydrophilic and hydrophobic groups; examples are wetting agents and membrane lipids such as phosphoglycerides.
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The technology offers potential benefits for the delivery of lipophilic and amphipathic molecules and proteins for topical applications in a cost-effective system with proven flexibility and cosmetic elegance.
Over 2,000 separate compounds were grouped into seven broad classes of amphipathic molecules that have known biological activities, with potential pharmaceutical, medicinal, cosmetic, and food science applications.