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Lipophilicity: having a strong affinity to fats and other lipids (rather than to water). This property of a chemical is often described by the octanol-water partition coefficient Pow. It is the proportion of the concentrations of the dissolved chemical in octanol (a lipophilic solvent) and water phases in a test tube. The more lipophilic chemical, the more it moves to the octanol phase and the higher the Pow value. [1]


  1. Jouko Tuomisto, Terttu Vartiainen and Jouni T. Tuomisto: Dioxin synopsis. Report. National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL), ISSN 1798-0089 ; 14/2011 [1]