/ (ɪkˈstrɛməˌfaɪl) /
a microbe that lives in an environment once thought to be uninhabitable, for example in boiling or frozen water
Words nearby extremophile
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Science definitions for extremophile
[ ĭk-strē′mə-fīl′ ]
An organism adapted to living in conditions of extreme temperature, pressure, or chemical concentration, as in highly acidic or salty environments. Many extremophiles are unicellular organisms known as archaea.
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