affinity for

affinity for (someone or something)

A passionate interest in or affection for someone or something. She must have an affinity for women with dark hair because her girlfriends are always brunettes. You can always find Lucy at the library—she has a real affinity for reading.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

affinity for someone or something

a strong preference for something; a strong liking for something. Mary's affinity for classical music accounts for her large collection of recordings.
See also: affinity, for
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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Caustic potash has a great affinity for carbonic acid; and it is sufficient to shake it in order for it to seize upon the acid and form bicarbonate of potassium.
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The scientists looked at concentrations of PCBs, a number of HO-PCBs, and other phenolic compounds such as pentachlorophenol (PCP), which also are known to have a high binding affinity for transthyretin.
The researchers found that, except for glyceollin, all of the tested estrogens had a greater affinity for ER[Beta] than ER[Alpha]; glyceollin had the opposite preference.
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(24) Subsequently, the Encyclopedie anarchiste (1934) and the Petit lexique philosophique de l'anarchisme (2001) (25) stress the importance of the notion of affinity for anarchism.
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To search for endogenous estrogens that may have preferential binding affinity for human estrogen receptor (ER) alpha or beta subtype and also to gain insights into the structural determinants favoring differential subtype binding, we studied the binding affinities of 74 natural or synthetic estrogens, including more than 50 steroidal analogs of estradiol-17beta (E2) and estrone (E1) for human ER alpha and ER beta.
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Comparisons of [[sup.3]H]HC-3 binding across all developmental stages were first conducted at a single, subsaturating ligand concentration (2 nM), which allows differences to be detected regardless of whether there are shifts in the concentration of transporter sites or in their affinity for the ligand.