li·​po·​phil·​ic | \ ˌlī-pə-ˈfi-lik How to pronounce lipophilic (audio) , ˌli- \

Definition of lipophilic

: having an affinity for lipids (such as fats) a lipophilic metabolite

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Recent Examples on the Web PAHs are lipophilic—but in neither case were the concentrations high enough to pose a health risk. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Drinking From Ancient Water Bottles Didn’t Hurt Indigenous People—Making Them Did," 29 June 2017

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First Known Use of lipophilic

1939, in the meaning defined above

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“Lipophilic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Jan. 2021.

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li·​po·​phil·​ic | \ ˌlip-ə-ˈfil-ik How to pronounce lipophilic (audio) , ˌlīp- How to pronounce lipophilic (audio) \

Medical Definition of lipophilic

: having an affinity for lipids (as fats) a lipophilic metabolite — compare hydrophilic, lyophilic, oleophilic

Other Words from lipophilic

lipophilicity \ -​fi-​ˈlis-​ət-​ē How to pronounce lipophilic (audio) \ noun, plural lipophilicities

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