hydrophilic

[hahy-druh-fil-ik]

adjective Chemistry.

having a strong affinity for water.

noun


Nearby words

  1. hydroperitoneum,
  2. hydroperoxide,
  3. hydrophane,
  4. hydrophanous,
  5. hydrophilia,
  6. hydrophilous,
  7. hydrophobe,
  8. hydrophobia,
  9. hydrophobic,
  10. hydrophone

Origin of hydrophilic

First recorded in 1900–05; hydro-1 + -philic

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British Dictionary definitions for hydrophilic

hydrophilic

adjective

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

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Medicine definitions for hydrophilic

hydrophilic

[hī′drə-fĭlĭk]

adj.

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

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