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hydrophobic Syllabification: hy·dro·pho·bic
Pronunciation: /ˌhīdrəˈfōbik/

Definition of hydrophobic in English:


1Tending to repel or fail to mix with water. The opposite of hydrophilic.
Example sentences
  • The polyurethane foam does not hold moisture and is hydrophobic (water repelling).
  • This part of the molecule is called hydrophobic, meaning water-hating.
  • With this kind of dual nature, the hydrophilic part will face the water and the hydrophobic part will exclude water.
2Of or suffering from hydrophobia.



Pronunciation: /-fōˈbisitē/
Example sentences
  • The amount of dimer that exists in organic solvents often increases with increasing solvent hydrophobicity (decreasing dielectric).
  • This is a significant drawback because the dependency of intermembrane transfer on lipid hydrophobicity is a very useful criterion when assessing the mechanism of transfer.
  • The researchers found that beta-peptides showed similar trends, with decreases in hydrophobicity leading to greater selectivity for bacterial cells.

Words that rhyme with hydrophobic

aerobic, agoraphobic, claustrophobic, homophobic, phobic, technophobic, xenophobic

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