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[oh-lee-oh-fil-ik] /ˌoʊ li oʊˈfɪl ɪk/
adjective, Chemistry
of or relating to a substance that has an affinity for oils and not for water.
Compare hydrophobic (def 2).
Origin of oleophilic
1955-60; oleo- + -philic Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • oleophilic and weir skimmers were able to recover oil after it had been treated with dispersants.
  • Complete line of oil-spill products, including oleophilic viscous moppets.
  • oleophilic-having a strong affinity for lipids, including petroleum oils and fats.
  • More complex units rely on the adhesion of oil to metal or plastic disks, or oleophilic belts or ropes.
  • The dispersants use an oleophilic solvent delivery system which has shown to be effective in penetrating surfactants.
  • The oleophilic coating on each granule attracts the oils, bring the nutrient and the oil together.
  • Additive plates are developed using a one step emulsion developer that contains an oleophilic resin.

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