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hydrophilic

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adjective hy·dro·phil·ic \ˌhī-drə-ˈfi-lik\

Definition of hydrophilic

  1. :  of, relating to, or having a strong affinity for water <hydrophilic proteins>

hydrophilicity

play \ˌhī-drə-fi-ˈli-sə-tē\ noun


Origin and Etymology of hydrophilic

New Latin hydrophilus, from Greek hydr- + -philos -philous


First Known Use: 1901


Medical Dictionary

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hydrophilic

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adjective hy·dro·phil·ic \-ˈfil-ik\

Medical Definition of hydrophilic

  1. :  of, relating to, or having a strong affinity for water <hydrophilic colloids swell in water and are relatively stable> <soft contact lenses are made of hydrophilic plastic, which absorbs water>—compare lipophilic, lyophilic, oleophilic

hydrophilicity

\-fi-ˈlis-ət-ē\play noun plural

hydrophilicities




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hydrophilic

noun hy·dro·phil·ic

Medical Definition of hydrophilic




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