hy·​dro·​phil·​ic | \ ˌhī-drə-ˈfi-lik How to pronounce hydrophilic (audio) \

Definition of hydrophilic

: of, relating to, or having a strong affinity for water hydrophilic proteins

Other Words from hydrophilic

hydrophilicity \ ˌhī-​drə-​fi-​ˈli-​sə-​tē How to pronounce hydrophilic (audio) \ noun

Examples of hydrophilic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Kappel says natural hydrophilic lipids go a long way in creating a hydrating hair mask. Nicole Pajer, SELF, 14 Oct. 2021 And because the formula utilizes three different molecular sizes of hyaluronic acid, each form penetrates the skin at different depths, as its hydrophilic properties attract water molecules, simultaneously plumping and hydrating. Jessica Ourisman, Harper's BAZAAR, 15 Sep. 2021 It was engineered with a hydrophilic coating so items dry fast and spot free on silicon holders, purpose-built for plates and wine glasses. Brad Japhe, Forbes, 31 Aug. 2021 Delta fabric is engineered with a mix of hydrophobic and hydrophilic yarns to speed sweat evaporation. Joe Lindsey, Outside Online, 1 June 2021 Instead of relying on studs and monster-truck tread patterns, this tire is built with a special hydrophilic coating that sheds water, and tiny, super-hard tread bite particles that keep you from slipping and sliding. Field & Stream, 26 Feb. 2021 The lecithin from egg yolks creates a barrier between the tar and the turtle's digestive tract when its hydrophobic side binds to the tar while its hydrophilic side faces the outside, reports Live Science. Elizabeth Gamillo, Smithsonian Magazine, 25 Feb. 2021 In short, three-layer masks are the best, with hydrophobic material on the outside and hydrophilic materials on the inside. Eric Bangeman, Ars Technica, 24 Dec. 2020 The carbon/polyester weave is an evolution of Primal Wear's original Face Mask 2.0, adding carbon for antimicrobial properties mostly related to odor, while the inside layer uses the more hydrophilic cotton blend. Corey Gaskin, Ars Technica, 20 Nov. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of hydrophilic

1901, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for hydrophilic

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

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“Hydrophilic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hydrophilic. Accessed 27 May. 2022.

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hy·​dro·​phil·​ic | \ -ˈfil-ik How to pronounce hydrophilic (audio) \

Medical Definition of hydrophilic

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: 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

Other Words from hydrophilic

hydrophilicity \ -​fi-​ˈlis-​ət-​ē How to pronounce hydrophilic (audio) \ noun, plural hydrophilicities



Medical Definition of hydrophilic (Entry 2 of 2)


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