λιποφιλικότητα -> lipophilicity

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λιποφιλικότητα -> lipophilicity

Happy, happy fat

Jane Steinberg tells me she was researching the residual toxicity of a termiticide (itself an interesting word, for a substance that kills termites) when she came across lipofelicity in an article. “I like to think of it as meaning happiness at being fat,” she wrote. The writer was undoubtedly in search of lipophilicity, the property of being soluble in fats, oils and other non-polar solvents. It means “fat loving”, not a million miles from the other sense, but both she and I rather prefer the mistake. More on lipo-.

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