- 1. In colloid chemistry, denoting a dispersed phase having a pronounced affinity for the dispersion medium; when the dispersed phase is l., the colloid is usually a reversible one. 2. Denoting a preference for the solvent. SYN: lyotropic. [lyo- + G. phileo, to love]
* * *lyo·phil·ic .lī-ə-'fil-ik adj marked by strong affinity between a dispersed phase and the liquid in which it is dispersed <a \lyophilic colloid> compare LYOPHOBIC, HYDROPHILIC, LIPOPHILIC, OLEOPHILIC
* * *lyo·phil·ic (li″o-filґik) [lyo- + -philic] having an affinity for, or stable in, solution; denoting a tendency of atoms or groups of atoms to be wetted by a solvent. See also under colloid.
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lyophilic — [lī΄ōfīl΄lī΄ō fil′ik] adj. [lyo < Gr lyein, to loose (see LOSE) + PHIL + IC] having a strong affinity for, and stabilized by, the liquid dispersing medium: said of a colloidal material: also lyophile [lī΄ōfīl΄] … English World dictionary
lyophilic — adjective Date: 1911 marked by strong affinity between a dispersed phase and the liquid in which it is dispersed < a lyophilic colloid > … New Collegiate Dictionary
lyophilic — Characteristic of a material that readily forms a colloidal suspension. Molecules of the solvent form a shell around the particles; if the solvent is water then hydrophilic … Dictionary of molecular biology
lyophilic — /luy euh fil ik/, adj. Physical Chem. noting a colloid the particles of which have a strong affinity for the liquid in which they are dispersed. Also, lyophile /luy euh fuyl /. [1910 15; lyo (comb. form repr. Gk lýein to loose, dissolve, set… … Universalium
lyophilic — adjective Having an affinity for the dispersion medium and thus not easily precipitated. Ant: lyophobic … Wiktionary
lyophilic — adj. pertaining to an attraction between substances (Chemistry) … English contemporary dictionary
lyophilic — [ˌlʌɪə(ʊ) fɪlɪk] adjective Chemistry (of a colloid) readily dispersed by a solvent and not easily precipitated. Origin early 20th cent.: from Gk luein loosen, dissolve + philos loving … English new terms dictionary
lyophilic — ly·o·phil·ic … English syllables
lyophilic — ly•o•phil•ic [[t]ˌlaɪ əˈfɪl ɪk[/t]] also ly•o•phile [[t]ˈlaɪ əˌfaɪl[/t]] adj. chem. noting a colloid the particles of which have a strong affinity for the liquid in which they are dispersed • Etymology: 1910–15; < Gk ly(ein) to loosen,… … From formal English to slang
lyophilic — /laɪəˈfɪlɪk/ (say luyuh filik) adjective (of a colloid) having dispersed particles with an affinity for the liquid in which they are dispersed … Australian English dictionary