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 hydrophilicity (audio) \ noun

Examples of hydrophilic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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 Or: a hydrophilic coating that helps water spread and gets the plastic tray to dry more quickly. Popular Science, "Four dish drying racks for every type of kitchen," 6 Jan. 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 Each layer contains fatty lipids with two significant regions: the hydrophobic tail, which resists water, and the hydrophilic head, which plays nice with water. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, "Unsinkable Metal Could Lead to Unsinkable Ships. Now Where Have We Heard That Before?," 7 Nov. 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," 4 Oct. 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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10 Feb 2020

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“Hydrophilic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hydrophilic. Accessed 23 Feb. 2020.

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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 hydrophilicity (audio) \ noun, plural hydrophilicities

hydrophilic

noun

Medical Definition of hydrophilic (Entry 2 of 2)

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