What Does Hydrophobic Mean?


Hydrophobic refers to lacking affinity for water, tending to repel or not to absorb water. The word may also refer to pertaining to or affected with hydrophobia which is irrational fear of water.
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of or pertaining to hydrophobia.
Chemistry having little or no affinity for water.
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Hydrophobic literally means afraid of water. This is also used to describe molecules that are non-polar. Since water is polar, any non-polar molecule would be repelled by the water.
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