inverted micelle

Synonyms: inverse micelle, reverse micelle (or reversed micelle)
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PAC, 1994, 66, 1077. (Glossary of terms used in physical organic chemistry (IUPAC Recommendations 1994)) on page 1126 [Terms] [Paper]