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lyophilic

Line breaks: lyo|phil¦ic
Pronunciation: /ˌlʌɪə(ʊ)ˈfɪlɪk
 
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Definition of lyophilic in English:

adjective

Chemistry
(Of a colloid) readily dispersed by a solvent and not easily precipitated.
Example sentences
  • Association colloids are formed in solutions of molecules that include both lyophilic and lyophobic regions.
  • An example of a lyophilic colloid is the gelatin sol.
  • A surface active molecule consists of a lyophobic and a lyophilic group.

Origin

early 20th century: from Greek luein 'loosen, dissolve' + philos 'loving'.

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