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HYDROPHOBIC

 Dictionary entry overview: What does hydrophobic mean? 

HYDROPHOBIC (adjective)
  The adjective HYDROPHOBIC has 2 senses:

1. lacking affinity for water; tending to repel and not absorb water; tending not to dissolve in or mix with or be wetted by water
2. abnormally afraid of water

  Familiarity information: HYDROPHOBIC used as an adjective is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


HYDROPHOBIC (adjective)


Sense 1hydrophobic [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Lacking affinity for water; tending to repel and not absorb water; tending not to dissolve in or mix with or be wetted by water

Domain category:

chemical science; chemistry (the science of matter; the branch of the natural sciences dealing with the composition of substances and their properties and reactions)

Antonym:

hydrophilic (having a strong affinity for water; tending to dissolve in, mix with, or be wetted by water)


Sense 2hydrophobic [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Abnormally afraid of water

Synonyms:

aquaphobic; hydrophobic

Similar:

afraid (filled with fear or apprehension)


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