|Dispersing medium||Dispersed phase||Name|
- Dispersing medium (external phase) – the constituent found in the greater extent in the colloid.
- Dispersed phase (internal phase) – the constituent found in the lesser extent.
- A further classification is as lyophilic (solvent attracting), lyophobic (solvent repelling) or association colloids (a mixture of the two).
- If water is the dispersing medium, it is often known as a hydrosol.