Posted by Emmanuel Akillas on April 19, 2000 at 11:03:51:
In Reply to: The greek word for "both" posted by Lisa on April 19, 2000 at 10:20:24:
Strictly speaking, "amphiphilic" is not a Greek word but a new word created by combining the Greek words "amphi" and "philicos." This happens often in scientific usage, i.e., new terms are created using Greek or Latin words. Linguistically, that's legitimate in the Greek language which is very flexible and allows one to be creative and develop new forms. "Amphi" means "both sides" and "Philicos," depending on the context, means "friend of," or "fond of," or "attracted to," etc.
: I do chemistry and we use amphiphilic to mean "attracted to both". What is the actual Greek word
: where this comes from? I need this to write in a report.
: Can anyone help me?
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