hydrophilic

[ hahy-druh-fil-ik ]
/ ˌhaɪ drəˈfɪl ɪk /

adjective Chemistry.

having a strong affinity for water.

noun

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Origin of hydrophilic

First recorded in 1900–05; hydro-1 + -philic
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British Dictionary definitions for hydrophilic

hydrophilic
/ (ˌhaɪdrəʊˈfɪlɪk) /

adjective

chem tending to dissolve in, mix with, or be wetted by watera hydrophilic colloid Compare hydrophobic

Derived forms of hydrophilic

hydrophile, noun
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Medical definitions for hydrophilic

hydrophilic
[ hī′drə-fĭlĭk ]

adj.

Having an affinity for water; readily absorbing or dissolving in water.
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