The unwanted antibodies are removed in affinity columns, which contain a matrix to which other antibodies have already been allowed to bind …—Scientific American
Although affinity labeling was originally developed for the investigation of enzymes, it has also added significantly to the study of the structure of active sites in other systems …—Meir Wilchek et al.
attraction, affinity, sympathy mean the relationship existing between things or persons that are naturally or involuntarily drawn together.
attraction implies the possession by one thing of a quality that pulls another to it.
felt an attraction to danger
affinity implies a susceptibility or predisposition on the part of the one drawn.
an affinity for mathematics
sympathy implies a reciprocal or natural relation between two things that are both susceptible to the same influence.
two minds in sympathy
Examples of affinity in a Sentence
NounJefferson's personal debts continued to mount … His addiction to French wine, like his affinity for French ideas, never came to grips with the more mundane realities.—Joseph J. Ellis, American Heritage, May/June 1993… neither virus has an affinity for T cells.—Robert C. Gallo, Scientific American, 1987Animals sharing this basic architecture may have no closer affinity than a beetle and a squid.—Stephen Jay Gould, Natural History, 1985
There's always been an affinity between us.
He never felt any affinity with the other kids in his neighborhood.
Recent Examples on the Web
Although the Jonas Brothers notoriously have an affinity for Waffle House, the band is now dedicating their love to another fast-casual chain.—Lizzy Rosenberg, Peoplemag, 13 Sep. 2023 McCraney hopes to make this nexus available to a new generation of artists who feel a deep affinity for the stage and would like to be able to commute regularly between mediums in their hometown.—Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times, 12 Sep. 2023 As Sheridan tried to explain soccer fans’ unique affinity for the incongruous celebration, her words were drowned out by a ruckus outside the interview room, as only the shrill voices of little girls can.—Mark Zeigler, San Diego Union-Tribune, 4 Sep. 2023 Despite the communist affinity with its big brother to the north, Vietnam has been motivated to find new partners due to Beijing’s aggressive activity over the past decade.—Rebecca Tan, Washington Post, 1 Sep. 2023 People like Kanye, Mos Def, and even Drake all had affinity for MF Doom.—Daniel Kohn, Spin, 28 Aug. 2023 In a new interview with Elle UK (which was conducted before the SAG-AFTRA strike), the Oppenheimer star opened up about feeling comfortable with her body and addressed the backlash over her affinity for sheer red-carpet dressing.—Chelsey Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, 31 Aug. 2023 Moore had an affinity for art and enrolled in the Rochester Institute of Technology.—Lexi Pandell, WIRED, 31 Aug. 2023 Additionally, each collection features a narrative, reflecting her affinity for searching within her own life story by incorporating elements such as rich textiles and bright colors in an effortless and innovative way to show her audience.—Kerane Marcellus, Essence, 29 Aug. 2023 See More
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Middle English affinite, borrowed from Anglo-French & Latin; Anglo-French affinité, borrowed from Latin affīnitāt-, affīnitās, from affīnis "bordering (on), related by marriage, connected (with)" (from ad-ad- + fīnis "boundary, limit") + -itāt-, -itās-ity — more at final entry 1