जलस्नेही (hydrophile) या जलरागी ऐसा अणु या आण्विक इकाई होती है जो जल के अणुओं की ओर आकर्षित हो और पानी में घुल जाने की प्रवृत्ति रखता हो। इस से विपरीत जलविरोधी पदार्थ पानी के अणुओं से आकर्षित होने की बजाय अपकर्षित होता है।[1][2]

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  1. "Conformation-Dependent Design of Sequences in Copolymers I," Alexei R. Khokhlov, Springer Science & Business Media, 2006, ISBN 9783540295136, ... Hydrophilic compounds are well soluble in water, but hydrophobic ones are not. Amphiphilic compounds occupy an intermediate position, being able to level off the unprofitable interactions between water and hydrophobic compounds ...
  2. "General Organic and Biological Chemistry," Kenneth W. Raymond, John Wiley & Sons, 2009, ISBN 9780470504765, ... Hydrophobic compounds are water insoluble. Amphipathic compounds have a hydrophobic part and a hydrophilic part ...
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