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Hydrophobic

Definition
adjective
(1) (physics) (chemistry) Lacking an affinity for water; insoluble in water; repelling water.
(2) Of, or having hydrophobia (literally, the fear of or water).
Supplement
Examples of hydrophobic molecules include the alkanes, oils, fats, and greasy substances in general.
Word origin: Attic Greek hydro– for water and phobos for fear.
Related forms: hydrophobicity (noun), hydrophobe (noun).
Compare: hydrophilic.


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