thermophilic

[ thur-muh-fil-ik ]
/ ˌθɜr məˈfɪl ɪk /

adjective

growing best in a warm environment.
(of bacteria) growing best at temperatures between 50° and 60°C.

Nearby words

  1. thermopane,
  2. thermoperiodic,
  3. thermoperiodicity,
  4. thermoperiodism,
  5. thermophile,
  6. thermophone,
  7. thermophore,
  8. thermophosphorescence,
  9. thermophylic,
  10. thermopile

Origin of thermophilic

First recorded in 1895–1900; thermo- + -philic

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Medicine definitions for thermophilic

thermophilic

[ thûr′mə-fĭlĭk ]

adj.

Requiring high temperatures for normal development, as certain bacteria.

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