Definition of hydrophobic in English:



  • 1Tending to repel or fail to mix with water.

    The opposite of hydrophilic
    • ‘Emulsions are typically made up of a hydrophilic, aqueous portion and a hydrophobic, oil portion.’
    • ‘With this kind of dual nature, the hydrophilic part will face the water and the hydrophobic part will exclude water.’
    • ‘The polyurethane foam does not hold moisture and is hydrophobic (water repelling).’
    • ‘This part of the molecule is called hydrophobic, meaning water-hating.’
    • ‘The negative values refer to inverse relationships between hydrophobic and hydrophilic residues.’
    rabies-infected, mad, foaming at the mouth, hydrophobic
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  • 2Of or suffering from hydrophobia.