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1. Repelling, tending not to combine with, or incapable of dissolving in water.
2. Of or exhibiting hydrophobia.

hy′dro·pho·bic′i·ty (-bĭs′ĭ-tē) n.


(ˌhaɪdrəˈfəʊbɪk) or


1. (Pathology) of or relating to hydrophobia
2. (Chemistry) chem tending not to dissolve in, mix with, or be wetted by water: a hydrophobic colloid. Compare hydrophilic


(ˌhaɪ drəˈfoʊ bɪk)

1. pertaining to or affected with hydrophobia.
2. lacking affinity for water; tending to repel or not to absorb water.
hy`dro•pho•bic′i•ty (-ˈbɪs ɪ ti) n.


Water-hating. Refers to a chemical or part of a chemical that repels water.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.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
chemical science, chemistry - the science of matter; the branch of the natural sciences dealing with the composition of substances and their properties and reactions
hydrophilic - having a strong affinity for water; tending to dissolve in, mix with, or be wetted by water
2.hydrophobic - abnormally afraid of waterhydrophobic - abnormally afraid of water    
afraid - filled with fear or apprehension; "afraid even to turn his head"; "suddenly looked afraid"; "afraid for his life"; "afraid of snakes"; "afraid to ask questions"


[ˌhaɪdrəˈfəʊbɪk] ADJhidrofóbico


[ˌhaɪdrəʊˈfəubɪk] adjidrofobo/a (Chem) → idrofugo/a
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