Glossary

Hydrophilic

11.07.08

Having a strong affinity for water; attracting, dissolving in or absorbing water.

Hydrophile refers to a physical property of a molecule that can transiently bond with water through hydrogen bonding. This is thermodynamically favorable, and makes these molecules soluble not only in water, but also in other polar solvents. There are hydrophilic and hydrophobic parts of the cell membrane.
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