Definition of hydrophilic in English:



  • Having a tendency to mix with, dissolve in, or be wetted by water.

    ‘hydrophilic amino acids’
    The opposite of hydrophobic
    ‘the hydrophilic mesh pulls perspiration away from the body’
    • ‘However, scientists argue about whether hydrophobic or hydrophilic interactions are dominant.’
    • ‘It is atomically flat, hydrophilic, and, in water, negatively charged.’
    • ‘This phenomenon may be explained by the fact that ethanol molecules have a hydrophilic tail.’
    • ‘Since the phosphate group is water soluble, this part of the molecule tends to be hydrophilic.’
    • ‘The presence of a hydrophilic solvent such as water is needed to maintain a discoidal lipid/protein structure.’