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Medical Term:


Pronunciation: li'o-fil'ik


  1. In colloid chemistry, denoting a dispersed phase having a pronounced affinity for the dispersion medium; when the dispersed phase is lyophilic, the colloid is usually a reversible one.
  2. Denoting a preference for the solvent.

Synonym(s): lyotropic

[lyo- + G. phileo, to love]

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