hy·​dro·​pho·​bic | \ ˌhī-drə-ˈfō-bik How to pronounce hydrophobic (audio) \

Definition of hydrophobic

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

Other Words from hydrophobic

hydrophobicity \ ˌhī-​drə-​fō-​ˈbi-​sə-​tē How to pronounce hydrophobic (audio) \ noun

Examples of hydrophobic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The panels of hydrophobic Xpel mesh kept drying time to a minimum after frequent stream crossings, and the chunky lugs provided excellent grip on soft terrain. Lydia Tanner, Outside Online, 27 May 2022 This unique technology allows the salicylic acid spheres to adhere to the skin, where a hydrophobic matrix gradually breaks down and releases salicylic acid slowly over time. Cristina Montemayor, Men's Health, 13 June 2022 The cactuses have taken to the burn scar unlike trees in replanting efforts elsewhere in the state because the soil didn't become hydrophobic, or glass-like, after the fire. Zayna Syed, The Arizona Republic, 5 June 2022 For starters, there’s the synthetic fiber, called olefin, that spans the sole; it’s hydrophobic and thus promotes incredibly fast wicking. Ariella Gintzler, Outside Online, 27 May 2022 Additionally, five mutations in the central helical region, N764K, D796Y, N856K, L981F, and N969K introduce and facilitate additional hydrogen bond and hydrophobic interactions between the S2 trimers (Figure 4). William A. Haseltine, Forbes, 6 May 2022 Elastic bands at the ankle and midfoot keep the sock in place, while Drymax’s hydrophobic dual-layer fabric removes sweat to keep your dogs dry. Graham Averill, Outside Online, 10 Nov. 2020 The Elephant Hill fire seared the soil, turning it hydrophobic, or water-repellent, a phenomenon that has triggered flooding and destructive landslides long after the blaze. Anchorage Daily News, 22 Apr. 2022 The polycarbonate lenses have impressive clarity, and a hydrophobic coating keeps sweat from obscuring your view. Josh Patterson, Outside Online, 28 Sep. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of hydrophobic

1807, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Hydrophobic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hydrophobic. Accessed 9 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for hydrophobic


hy·​dro·​pho·​bic | \ -ˈfō-bik How to pronounce hydrophobic (audio) \

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

Other Words from hydrophobic

hydrophobically \ -​bi-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce hydrophobic (audio) \ adverb
hydrophobicity \ -​ˌfō-​ˈbis-​ət-​ē How to pronounce hydrophobic (audio) \ noun, plural hydrophobicities


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