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Pronunciation: hi'dro-fil'ik


  1. Denoting the property of attracting or associating with water molecules, possessed by polar radicals or ions, as opposed to hydrophobic (2).
  2. Tending to dissolve in water.
  3. Polar.

Synonym(s): hydrophilous

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