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Hydrophilicity

Introduction

Hydrophilicity can be thought of as an opposite to hydrophobicity; hydrophilicity is the attraction between water and a surface. It has wide-ranging implications that affect bandages and medical dressings, clothing, and any other absorbent textiles. Whereas few textiles are inherently hydrophobic, many textiles are inherently Hydrophilic?. This property can be enhanced by physical or chemical treatments, or can be suppressed to make a material more hydrophobic. Hydrophilicity is a driving force behind wicking, which is essential for comfort in clothing or dressings. It also determines or influences Moisture regain?, drying times and absorbency in textiles.