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[lahy-uh-foh-bik, -fob-ik] /ˌlaɪ əˈfoʊ bɪk, -ˈfɒb ɪk/
adjective, Physical Chemistry
noting a colloid the particles of which have little or no affinity for the liquid in which they are dispersed.
1910-15; lyo- (see lyophilic) + -phobic Unabridged
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  • Flow of liquid can cover such features before the gas can escape, especially if the solid surface is lyophobic.
  • They are molecules composed of two differing parts: a lyophobic tail and a lyophilic head.
British Dictionary definitions for lyophobic


(chem) (of a colloid) having a dispersed phase with little or no affinity for the continuous phase: a lyophobic sol Compare lyophilic
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lyophobic in Medicine

lyophobic ly·o·pho·bic (lī'ə-fō'bĭk)
Characterized by a lack of attraction between the colloid medium and the dispersion medium of a colloidal system.

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