hy·​dro·​phil·​ic | \ ˌhī-drə-ˈfi-lik \

Definition of hydrophilic

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

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Other Words from hydrophilic

hydrophilicity \ ˌhī-​drə-​fi-​ˈli-​sə-​tē \ noun

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The pink-and-white hydrophilic sponge is almost too pretty to use — almost. Devon Abelman, Allure, "The New Beautyblender Swirl Is Almost Too Pretty To Use," 7 July 2017 NBS Corning Corning, New York NBS – as in nonbinding surface – is a nonionic hydrophilic polymer coating that prevents traces of proteins, DNA, or drug compounds from sticking to test tubes or assay plates. David Pescovitz, WIRED, "Stuff Love," 1 Jan. 2001

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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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The first known use of hydrophilic was in 1901

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hy·​dro·​phil·​ic | \ -ˈfil-ik \

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 \ noun, plural -ties



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