Definition of lyophilic in English:

lyophilic

adjective

Chemistry
  • (of a colloid) readily dispersed by a solvent and not easily precipitated.

    • ‘Association colloids are formed in solutions of molecules that include both lyophilic and lyophobic regions.’
    • ‘An example of a lyophilic colloid is the gelatin sol.’
    • ‘A surface active molecule consists of a lyophobic and a lyophilic group.’

Origin

Early 20th century: from Greek luein loosen, dissolve + philos loving.

Pronunciation:

lyophilic

/ˌlʌɪə(ʊ)ˈfɪlɪk/