[uh-sid-uh-fil, as-i-duh-]
  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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for acidophil

Historical Examples of 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-)

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 for acidophil

C20: see acid, -phile
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acidophil in Medicine


[ə-sĭdə-fĭl, ăs′ĭ-də-]
  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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