hydrophobic

adjective
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

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Other Words from hydrophobic

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

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They're also polarized to reduce glare and treated with a hydrophobic coating. Adrienne So, WIRED, "The Best Sunglasses for Every Outdoor Occasion," 5 July 2019 Get our daily newsletter His latest surface, though, which is even more hydrophobic than the previous ones, goes back to tinkering not with the pockets’ contents, but with the surface’s geometry. The Economist, "How to make a better raincoat with tiny “water bowls”," 4 July 2019 An undulating tail similar to the gecko's might help with the latter issue and strengthen forward propulsion, while coating the robot with a hydrophobic material similar to the gecko's skin structure could significantly reduce drag. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Geckos’ new superpower is running on water; now we know how they do it," 6 Dec. 2018 My dream toothbrush is coated in a nontoxic version of Rustoleum's Neverwet, the magically hydrophobic coating that makes water jump off surfaces. Rachel Z. Arndt, Popular Mechanics, "The Quest for the Best Electric Toothbrush," 13 Nov. 2017 The rubberized, two-position nosepiece made fit adjustments easy, and the hydrophobic temple pieces provided grip. Aaron Gulley, Outside Online, "8 New Riding Sunglasses for Summer," 13 June 2018 Ironically, light-moderate rain won’t penetrate a deep mulch volcano, and worse, fungal mycelium decomposing the mulch can create hydrophobic mats that repel water. Ellen Nibali, baltimoresun.com, "Garden Q&A: Mulch volcanoes are not what nature intended," 12 Apr. 2018 This PFC-Free eco-friendly treatment is applied in a patented process to create a super hydrophobic finish that never washes or wears off. Sami Emory, Outside Online, "Embrace the Rain," 27 Mar. 2018 Jackets have become surprisingly high-tech, using everything from hydrophobic polyester to next-gen synthetic down—but few jackets weave in actual tech used to fight the elements on other planets. Tim Newcomb, Popular Mechanics, "How NASA Tech Helps This Jacket Battle the Elements," 16 Mar. 2018

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

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