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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.
- King Cobra
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"hydrophilic" = water soluble
"hydrophobic" = oil soluble
- Inland Taipan
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hydrophilic - with ionic groups or polar bonds (those with unbalanced electrons)
hydrophobic - those with nonpolar groups (or symmetric polar bonds as in CO2)
Cis or trans? That's what matters.
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