from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Having an affinity for, tending to combine with, or capable of dissolving in lipids.
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- adj. Having the quality of dissolving in lipids
- adj. Typically have the quality of being composed of mostly nonpolar bonds
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. having an affinity for lipids; -- of chemical substances or parts of molecules. Contrasted to
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. having an affinity for lipids
They are often referred to as lipophilic or fat-loving chemicals.
The most common type of statins, known as lipophilic, had the greatest impact.
Plus, mercury is lipophilic, meaning that it concentrates in fatty tissues, especially in the brain, which is made mostly of fat.
Air and ocean currents carry pesticides from industrial zones to the Arctic, where the "lipophilic" (fat-loving) substances accumulate in fatty tissues.
Many of them are lipophilic -- meaning they cling to fat.
An ingredient has to be watery but moderately lipophilic too.
Applying a lipophilic or aquaphilic product onto a dried-out surface is like putting a cream or lotion on a stone—it just sits there or slides off because there are no pathways in which to move deeper.
Theoretically, lipophilic, or fatty, molecules can penetrate fat easily—taking an intercellular approach meaning that they move in between the cells through the fatty lipids mortar.
Fatty ceramides are “lipophilic,” allowing oil and fat substances to enter.
The addition of a fat molecule, for example, could make a watery ingredient just lipophilic enough to pass through the cell membrane and move on to the dermis.