hydrophilic

adjective
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

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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 In short, three-layer masks are the best, with hydrophobic material on the outside and hydrophilic materials on the inside. Eric Bangeman, Ars Technica, "2020’s 20 most-read stories on 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, "Mask up! How to choose and maintain the best masks for use against COVID-19," 20 Nov. 2020 An innermost layer made of hydrophilic (water-absorbing) material (cotton or cotton blends). Corey Gaskin, Ars Technica, "Mask up! How to choose and maintain the best masks for use against COVID-19," 20 Nov. 2020 Offering a double-layer lens design and high-performance hydrophilic coating, these goggles minimize any chance of vision-obscuring fogging. Tanya Edwards, CNN Underscored, "Everything you need to hit the ski slopes," 29 Sep. 2020 Some bacteria and viruses have lipid membranes that resemble double-layered micelles with two bands of hydrophobic tails sandwiched between two rings of hydrophilic heads. Ferris Jabr, New York Times, "Why Soap Works," 13 Mar. 2020 The elastane and polyamide blend is made from hydrophilic fibers that swiftly wick away moisture for an unbelievably speedy drying time post sweat sesh. Braelyn Wood, Health.com, "I Tried Jennifer Aniston’s Favorite Leggings, and I’m Officially Obsessed," 2 Dec. 2019 The elastane and polyamide blend is made from hydrophilic fibers that swiftly wick away moisture for an unbelievably speedy drying time post sweat sesh. Braelyn Wood, Health.com, "I Tried Jennifer Aniston’s Favorite Leggings, and I’m Officially Obsessed," 2 Dec. 2019 The elastane and polyamide blend is made from hydrophilic fibers that swiftly wick away moisture for an unbelievably speedy drying time post sweat sesh. Braelyn Wood, Health.com, "I Tried Jennifer Aniston’s Favorite Leggings, and I’m Officially Obsessed," 2 Dec. 2019

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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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17 Jan 2021

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“Hydrophilic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hydrophilic. Accessed 3 Mar. 2021.

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hydrophilic

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

Medical Definition of hydrophilic

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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

hydrophilic

noun

Medical Definition of hydrophilic (Entry 2 of 2)

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