also thermophilous or thermophile adjective Date: circa 1894 of, relating to, or being an organism living at a high temperature <
thermophilic fermentation
thermophilic bacteria
thermophile noun

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  • Thermophilic — Ther mo*phil ic, a. [Thermo + Gr. ? loving + ic.] Heat loving; applied especially to microorganisms such as certain bacteria, fungi and algae, which grow best at temperatures above 40[deg] C (e.g. between 50[deg] and 60[deg]), and in some cases… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • thermophilic — Pertaining to a thermophile. * * * ther·mo·phil·ic .thər mə fil ik also ther·moph·i·lous (.)thər mäf ə ləs adj of, relating to, or being an organism living at a high temperature <thermophilic bacteria> * * * adj. describing organisms,… …   Medical dictionary

  • thermophilic — warm loving. Opposite of psychrophilic and thermophobic …   Dictionary of ichthyology

  • thermophilic — See thermophile …   Dictionary of molecular biology

  • thermophilic — /therr meuh fil ik/, adj. 1. growing best in a warm environment. 2. (of bacteria) growing best at temperatures between 50° and 60°C. [1895 1900; THERMO + PHILIC] * * * …   Universalium

  • thermophilic — adjective a) of, or relating to a thermophile b) living and thriving at relatively high temperatures …   Wiktionary

  • thermophilic — adj. having an affinity for elevated temperatures; growing in temperatures above 50 degrees Celsius (about bacteria) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • thermophilic — ther·mo·phil·ic …   English syllables

  • thermophilic — adj. describing organisms, especially bacteria, that grow best at temperatures of 48–85°C. Compare: mesophilic, psychrophilic …   The new mediacal dictionary

  • thermophilic — ther•mo•phil•ic [[t]ˌθɜr məˈfɪl ɪk[/t]] adj. ecl growing best in a warm environment, as many bacteria • Etymology: 1895–1900 …   From formal English to slang