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Hydrophilic/hydrophobic

Postby Askjagden » Fri Jun 21, 2013 11:08 pm

Does anyone know what the terms "hydrophilic" and "hydrophobic" mean? Please don't give me the definitions as exactly quoted from the textbook, but in a simple way that a biology layman can understand quite easily without much trouble.
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Postby Cat » Sat Jun 22, 2013 4:42 pm

"hydrophilic" = water soluble
"hydrophobic" = oil soluble
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Postby JackBean » Mon Jun 24, 2013 1:33 pm

hydrophilic - with ionic groups or polar bonds (those with unbalanced electrons)
hydrophobic - those with nonpolar groups (or symmetric polar bonds as in CO2)
http://www.biolib.cz/en/main/

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