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(chemistry) A physical property or tendency of a molecule to repel a mass of water.


Example of hydrophobicity is the formation of water drops on the hydrophobic surface of leaf.

Word origin: Attic Greek hydro- for water and phobos for fear.

Related forms: hydrophobicity (noun), hydrophobe (noun).

Compare: hydrophilicity.

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