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[hahy-druh-fil-ik] /ˌhaɪ drəˈfɪl ɪk/

adjective, Chemistry.
having a strong affinity for water.
(chem) tending to dissolve in, mix with, or be wetted by water: a hydrophilic colloid Compare hydrophobic

hydrophilic hy·dro·phil·ic (hī’drə-fĭl’ĭk)
Having an affinity for water; readily absorbing or dissolving in water.


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