Hydrophobic

hydrophobic

Hydrophobic, the opposite of hydrophilic, translates into “water-fearing”. Hydrophilic molecules have no affinity for water, and usually create droplets when placed in water. Hydrophobic molecules are nonpolar, and cannot create hydrogen bonds. Lipids and oils are hydrophobic. The olive oil shown in the picture is an example of a hydrophobic substance, and cannot dissolve in water.

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