Amphiphilic

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Amphiphillic is a word used to describe a molecule when it contains parts within it that are hydrophilic and parts that are hydrophobic[1]. This is seen in proteins that both span the plasma membrane and also contain domains outside of the membrane in the cytosol. The spans would contain hydrophobic parts and the cytosolic domains would contain the hydrophilic domains as their properties dictate. 


References

  1. Alberts B., Johnson A., Lewis J., Raff M., Roberts K., Walter P., 2008, Molecular Biology of the Cell, 5th Edition, USA, Garland Science, pg 618
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