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acidophil

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

Biology, Ecology. acidophilic.

noun

Biology. an acidophilic cell, tissue, organism, or substance; eosinophil.

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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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British Dictionary definitions for acidophil

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

noun

an acidophil organism

Word Origin for acidophil

C20: see acid, -phile
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Medical definitions for acidophil

acidophil
[ ə-sĭdə-fĭl, ăs′ĭ-də- ]

n.

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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