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What does hydrophilic mean and how do you determine if a molecule is hydrophilic or hydrophobic?

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2007-07-14 01:00:05

Hydrophilic, or 'water loving' refers to molecules that are

easily miscible in water. Polar molecules and ionic compounds are

generally hydrophilic, and non-polar molecules are generally

hydrophobic.


See the Related Questions to the left for more information about

how to determine if a molecule is non-polar, polar, or

ionic.


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