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Having an affinity for water; readily absorbing or dissolving in water.
hy′dro·phile′ (-fīl′) n.
hy′dro·phi·lic′i·ty (-fə-lĭs′ĭ-tē) n.
(Chemistry) chem tending to dissolve in, mix with, or be wetted by water: a hydrophilic colloid. Compare hydrophobic
hy•dro•phil•ic(ˌhaɪ drəˈfɪl ɪk)
having a strong affinity for water; readily absorbing water.
Water-loving. In solution, refers to a chemical or part of a chemical that is highly attracted to water.
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|Adj.||1.||hydrophilic - having a strong affinity for water; tending to dissolve in, mix with, or be wetted by water|
chemical science, chemistry - the science of matter; the branch of the natural sciences dealing with the composition of substances and their properties and reactions
hydrophobic - lacking affinity for water; tending to repel and not absorb water; tending not to dissolve in or mix with or be wetted by water