1Tending to repel or fail to mix with water. The opposite of hydrophilic.
- 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.
- 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 hydrophobicaerobic, agoraphobic, claustrophobic, homophobic, phobic, technophobic, xenophobic
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