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[uh-sid-uh-fil, as-i-duh-]
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  1. Biology, Ecology. acidophilic.
  1. Biology. an acidophilic cell, tissue, organism, or substance; eosinophil.
Also a·cid·o·phile [uh-sid-uh-fahyl, as-i-duh-] /əˌsɪd əˌfaɪl, ˈæs ɪ də-/

Origin of acidophil

First recorded in 1895–1900; acid + -o- + -phil
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Examples from the Web for acidophil

Historical Examples

  • The nuclei are greenish, the red blood corpuscles orange, the acidophil granulation copper red, the neutrophil violet.

    Histology of the Blood

    Paul Ehrlich

  • He distinguishes hyaline, acidophil and basophil cells, and derives all from the lymphocytes.

British Dictionary definitions for acidophil


acidophile (ˈæsɪdəʊˌfaɪl, əˈsɪdə-)

adjective Also: acidophilic (ˌæsɪdəʊˈfɪlɪk, əˌsɪdə-), acidophilous (ˌæsɪˈdɒfɪləs)
  1. (of cells or cell contents) easily stained by acid dyes
  2. (of microorganisms) growing well in an acid environment
  1. an acidophil organism

Word Origin

C20: see acid, -phile
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acidophil in Medicine


([object Object])
  1. A cell that stains readily with acid dyes.
  2. A microorganism that grows well in an acid medium.
Related formsa•cid′o•philic (-fĭlĭk) adj.
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