[ lahy-uh-fil-ik ]
/ ˌlaɪ əˈfɪl ɪk /

adjective Physical Chemistry.

noting a colloid the particles of which have a strong affinity for the liquid in which they are dispersed.


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Also ly·o·phile [lahy-uh-fahyl] /ˈlaɪ əˌfaɪl/.

Origin of lyophilic

1910–15; lyo- (combining form representing Greek lýein to loose, dissolve, set free; see -o-) + -philic Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

British Dictionary definitions for lyophilic

/ (ˌlaɪəʊˈfɪlɪk) /


chem (of a colloid) having a dispersed phase with a high affinity for the continuous phasea lyophilic sol Compare lyophobic
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Medical definitions for lyophilic

[ lī′ə-fĭlĭk ]


Characterized by strong attraction between the colloid medium and the dispersion medium of a colloidal system.
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