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Adjective: hydrophilic  ,hI-dru'fi-lik
  1. (chemistry) having a strong affinity for water; tending to dissolve in, mix with, or be wetted by water
    "Hydrophilic character is considerably enhanced in hydrocarbons by the introduction of double and triple bonds"

See also: deliquescent

Antonym: hydrophobic

Encyclopedia: Hydrophilic