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readily absorbing moisture; hygroscopic; having strongly polar groups that readily interact with water.


1. Denoting the property of attracting or associating with water molecules, possessed by polar radicals or ions, as opposed to hydrophobic (2).
2. Tending to dissolve in water.
3. Polar.
Synonym(s): hydrophilous


making use of the action of water to achieve pollination.
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As this is a plentiful type of collagen in the ganglionic ECM, it is supposed that strongly acid GAGs are also present, and do not show a most significant reaction due to the high hydrophily and to the fixative used as well.
These mechanisms include protogyny, chasmogamy, heterostyly, self-incompatibility, self-sterility, entomophily, anemophily, and hydrophily. The remaining flowering plants have evolved physically separated, unisexual flowers.