Definition of lyophilic in English:


Line breaks: lyo|phil¦ic
Pronunciation: /ˌlʌɪə(ʊ)ˈfɪlɪk


  • (Of a colloid) readily dispersed by a solvent and not easily precipitated.
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    • 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.


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

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