from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Fondness for being wet, for playing in or with water, for watching and hearing the flow of water, etc.

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  • noun affinity for water


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  • (S. albus, S. olivaceus, S. wedmorensis, and mutants of several kinds), but several bacterial species (Bacillus coagulans, Pseudomonas hydrophilia, Escherichia freundii, Nocardia asteroides, etc.) and aquatic actinomycetes (Actinoplanes missouriensis) yield considerable amounts of glucose isomerase (12, 13).

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  • As for his complaint, it is like hydrophilia; no remedy has as yet been invented for it; and we can with comfortable consciences predict that, as long as snuff is taken, and men continue to carry it about with them in snuff-boxes, they are sure to be subject to the importunities of the man who carries no snuff box.

    Punch, or the London Charivari, Volume 1, December 11, 1841 Various

  • If it is personal, which may well be likely, if incredible, then hydrophilia is indicative of the sufferer’s innate cleanliness and desire for hygiene.

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  • Figure SR-8: Types of pathogens identified in outbreaks in Canada from 1974 to 2001 (n = 150) (other bacteria include Aeromonas hydrophilia, Bacillus cereus,

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