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Hydrophilic

Definition

adjective

(chemistry) Having an affinity for water; capable of interacting with water through hydrogen bonding; hygroscopic.


Supplement

Hydrophilic molecules typically have polar groups enabling them to readily absorb or dissolve in water as well as in other polar solvents.


Word origin: from the Greek hydros, water and philia, friendship.

Related forms: hydrophilicity (noun), hydrophile (noun).

Compare: hydrophobic.


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Re: Are carbohydrates hydrophobic?

Carbohydrates are Hydrophilic. They have large amounts of oxygen and therefore, polar molecules, according to “Carbohydrates (1)”. Polar means that the molecules have "dipoles". This is due to the unbalanced charge of electrons ...

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by HectorEnriquezC
Fri Aug 30, 2013 1:36 am
 
Forum: Molecular Biology
Topic: Are carbohydrates hydrophobic?
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Hydrophilic/hydrophobic

hydrophilic - with ionic groups or polar bonds (those with unbalanced electrons) hydrophobic - those with nonpolar groups (or symmetric polar bonds as in CO2)

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by JackBean
Mon Jun 24, 2013 1:33 pm
 
Forum: Molecular Biology
Topic: Hydrophilic/hydrophobic
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Re: O level Past paper exam question on gland secretion

... to that, but I would assume due to the question that the molecules produced by the Endocrine system are small. Some possibilities are that small Hydrophilic that are produced molecules also help solubility through plasma membranes, which is sometimes a requirement for Endocrine molecules and ...

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by Amphibitile
Sun Jun 23, 2013 12:37 am
 
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: O level Past paper exam question on gland secretion
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Hydrophilic/hydrophobic

"hydrophilic" = water soluble "hydrophobic" = oil soluble

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by Cat
Sat Jun 22, 2013 4:42 pm
 
Forum: Molecular Biology
Topic: Hydrophilic/hydrophobic
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Hydrophilic/hydrophobic

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 ...

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by Askjagden
Fri Jun 21, 2013 11:08 pm
 
Forum: Molecular Biology
Topic: Hydrophilic/hydrophobic
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