hydrophobic

adjective hy·dro·pho·bic \ ˌhī-drə-ˈfō-bik \
|Updated on: 30 Jul 2018

Definition of hydrophobic

1 : of, relating to, or suffering from hydrophobia
2 : lacking affinity for water

hydrophobicity

play \ˌhī-drə-fō-ˈbi-sə-tē\ noun

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First Known Use of hydrophobic

1807

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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hydrophobic

adjective hy·dro·pho·bic \ -ˈfō-bik \

medical Definition of hydrophobic

1 : of, relating to, or suffering from hydrophobia
2 : resistant to or avoiding wetting
  • a hydrophobic lens
3 : of, relating to, or having a lack of affinity for water
  • hydrophobic colloids are relatively unstable
— compare lyophobic, oleophobic

hydrophobically

play \-bi-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

hydrophobicity

play \-ˌfō-ˈbis-ət-ē\ noun, plural -ties

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