Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Having an affinity for water; readily absorbing or dissolving in water.

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  • adj. having an affinity for water; able to absorb, or be wetted by water

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Same as hydrophil.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. having a strong affinity for water; tending to dissolve in, mix with, or be wetted by water

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Examples

  • That's because when the titanium oxide interacts with sunlight it also creates what is called a hydrophilic surface that allows water to cascade off the panel in sheets rather than bead up.

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  • That's because when the titanium dioxide interacts with sunlight it also creates what is called a hydrophilic surface that allows water to cascade off the panel in sheets rather than bead up.

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  • Acetate and triacetate have a little absorbency, but much less than fibers classified as hydrophilic.

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  • Glass is hydrophilic, which is why a thin glass tube will draw water into itself via capillary action.

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  • On one end of the molecule is hydrophilic, meaning it likes water: it can be dissolved by water.

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  • A critical feature of micelles is that they combine two types of polymers, one being hydrophobic and the other hydrophilic, meaning they are either unable or able to mix with water.

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  • But when carbon dioxide is added, the solvent becomes hydrophilic, meaning it mixes with water and doesn't like to be in oil.

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  • At the heart of the clean-up effort is an innovative membrane that is both oleophilic and hydrophilic, meaning it soaks up oil and water.

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  • Chia seeds form a hydrophilic colloidal suspension gel in water because of their high soluble fiber content.

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  • The ability of chia seeds to form a hydrophilic gel helps in maintaining normal blood sugar levels and promoting gentle detoxification by physically cleaning the lining of the digestive tract during transit.

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