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Sunday, January 31, 2016

Definitions for cryophilic

  1. preferring or thriving at low temperatures.

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Citations for cryophilic
Cryophilic or cryotolerant species dwell at low temperatures in snow and ice packs, for example, where temperatures typically approach or fall below the freezing point of water. O. Roger Anderson, Comparative Protozoology: Ecology, Physiology, Life History, 1988
There is no relief in the realization that Mr. Cherry-Garrard would have welcomed 20 degrees as a heat wave. Where can we turn for a more positive spin on cold? How can we achieve cryophilic nirvana? Bill Streever, “Warm Thoughts on Cold Weather,” Wall Street Journal, January 9, 2010
Origin of cryophilic
Cryophilic is formed from the combining form cryo- from the Greek krýos meaning "icy cold," and -philic, a combining form used to form adjectives that characterize classes of substances or organisms with an affinity for a chemical, environment, etc., as specified by the initial element. It entered English in the early 1900s.