[ uh-sid-uh-fil, as-i-duh- ]
/ əˈsɪd ə fɪl, ˈæs ɪ də- /


Biology, Ecology. acidophilic.


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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for acidophil

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

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

British Dictionary definitions for acidophil


acidophile (ˈæsɪdəʊˌfaɪl, əˈsɪdə-)

/ (ˈæsɪdəʊˌfɪl, əˈsɪdə-) /

adjective Also: acidophilic (ˌæsɪdəʊˈfɪlɪk, əˌsɪdə-), acidophilous (ˌæsɪˈdɒfɪləs)

(of cells or cell contents) easily stained by acid dyes
(of microorganisms) growing well in an acid environment


an acidophil organism

Word Origin for acidophil

C20: see acid, -phile
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Medicine definitions for acidophil

[ ə-sĭdə-fĭl, ăs′ĭ-də- ]


A cell that stains readily with acid dyes.
A microorganism that grows well in an acid medium.

Other words from acidophil

a•cid′o•philic (-fĭlĭk) adj.
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