Definition of hydrophilic in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌhʌɪdrə(ʊ)ˈfɪlɪk/


Having a tendency to mix with, dissolve in, or be wetted by water. The opposite of hydrophobic. hydrophilic amino acids the hydrophilic mesh pulls perspiration away from the body
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  • Since the phosphate group is water soluble, this part of the molecule tends to be hydrophilic.
  • This phenomenon may be explained by the fact that ethanol molecules have a hydrophilic tail.
  • The presence of a hydrophilic solvent such as water is needed to maintain a discoidal lipid/protein structure.



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  • Physical chemical properties were polar requirement, hydrophilicity, molecular weight, and volume.
  • The lack of activity of methylene blue when injected intravenously or intravesically may result from poor tumor localization because of its high hydrophilicity.
  • This is because of their unique biological inertness, which is considered to result from hydrophilicity and chain mobility as well as lack of ionic charges.

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