[ mez-uh-fil-ik, mes-, mee-zuh-, -suh- ]
/ ˌmɛz əˈfɪl ɪk, ˌmɛs-, ˌmi zə-, -sə- /
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(of bacteria) growing best at moderate temperatures, between 25°C and 40°C.
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Also mesophile, me·soph·i·lous [mi-zof-uh-luhs, ‐sof‐]. /mɪˈzɒf ə ləs, ‐ˈsɒf‐/.
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The temperature 42° C. destroys ordinary water bacteria and inhibits the growth of many ordinary mesophilic bacteria.The Elements of Bacteriological Technique|John William Henry Eyre
British Dictionary definitions for mesophilic
/ (ˌmɛsəʊˈfɪlɪk) /
biology (esp of bacteria) having an ideal growth temperature of 20–45°C
Derived forms of mesophilicmesophile (ˈmɛsəʊˌfaɪl), noun
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