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hydrophobic

[ hahy-druh-foh-bik ]
/ ˌhaɪ drəˈfoʊ bɪk /
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adjective
of or relating to hydrophobia.
Chemistry. having little or no affinity for water.
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Compare oleophilic.

Origin of hydrophobic

First recorded in 1640–50; hydrophobe + -ic

OTHER WORDS FROM hydrophobic

hy·dro·pho·bic·i·ty [hahy-druh-foh-bis-i-tee], /ˌhaɪ drə foʊˈbɪs ɪ ti/, nounnon·hy·dro·pho·bic, adjective
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How to use hydrophobic in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for hydrophobic

hydrophobic
/ (ˌhaɪdrəˈfəʊbɪk) /

adjective
of or relating to hydrophobia
chem tending not to dissolve in, mix with, or be wetted by watera hydrophobic colloid Compare hydrophilic
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Medical definitions for hydrophobic

hydrophobic
[ hī′drə-fōbĭk, -fŏbĭk ]

adj.
Repelling, tending not to combine with, or unable to dissolve in water.
Of or exhibiting hydrophobia.
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