Hydrophobic

Hydrophobic

Literally meaning, “water fearing”, hydrophobic substances are nonpolar substances in the presence of water. This causes the nonpolar liquid to aggregate in a water solution and exclude water molecules. An example of this is the lipid bilayer in cells, yet since it is very hard to picture this structure I included a more common example of a mixture of oil and water. Here one can clearly see the separation between the two substances.

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