hydrophilic


hydrophilic
1. Denoting the property of attracting or associating with water molecules, possessed by polar radicals or ions, as opposed to hydrophobic (2). 2. Tending to dissolve in water. 3. Polar. SYN: hydrophilous.

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hy·dro·phil·ic -'fil-ik adj of, relating to, or having a strong affinity for water <\hydrophilic colloids swell in water and are relatively stable> <soft contact lenses are made of \hydrophilic plastic, which absorbs water> compare LIPOPHILIC, LYOPHILIC, OLEOPHILIC
hy·dro·phi·lic·i·ty -fi-'lis-ət-ē n, pl -ties
hydrophilic n HYDROPHILE

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hy·dro·phil·ic (hi″dro-filґik) readily absorbing moisture; hygroscopic; having strongly polar groups that readily interact with water.

Medical dictionary. 2011.