Thermophilic Ther`mo*phil"ic, a. [Thermo- + Gr. ? loving + -ic.] Heat-loving; -- applied especially to microorganisms such as certain bacteria, fungi and algae, which grow best at temperatures above 40[deg] C (e.g. between 50[deg] and 60[deg]), and in some cases at temperatures that would kill ordinary microorganisms. They are found in naturally hot locations, such as at hot springs or the thermal vents at the ocean bottom. [Webster 1913 Suppl. +PJC]

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  • thermophilic — also thermophilous or thermophile adjective Date: circa 1894 of, relating to, or being an organism living at a high temperature < thermophilic fermentation > < thermophilic bacteria > • thermophile noun …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • thermophilic — Pertaining to a thermophile. * * * ther·mo·phil·ic .thər mə fil ik also ther·moph·i·lous (.)thər mäf ə ləs adj of, relating to, or being an organism living at a high temperature <thermophilic bacteria> * * * adj. describing organisms,… …   Medical dictionary

  • thermophilic — warm loving. Opposite of psychrophilic and thermophobic …   Dictionary of ichthyology

  • thermophilic — See thermophile …   Dictionary of molecular biology

  • thermophilic — /therr meuh fil ik/, adj. 1. growing best in a warm environment. 2. (of bacteria) growing best at temperatures between 50° and 60°C. [1895 1900; THERMO + PHILIC] * * * …   Universalium

  • thermophilic — adjective a) of, or relating to a thermophile b) living and thriving at relatively high temperatures …   Wiktionary

  • thermophilic — adj. having an affinity for elevated temperatures; growing in temperatures above 50 degrees Celsius (about bacteria) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • thermophilic — ther·mo·phil·ic …   English syllables

  • thermophilic — adj. describing organisms, especially bacteria, that grow best at temperatures of 48–85°C. Compare: mesophilic, psychrophilic …   The new mediacal dictionary

  • thermophilic — ther•mo•phil•ic [[t]ˌθɜr məˈfɪl ɪk[/t]] adj. ecl growing best in a warm environment, as many bacteria • Etymology: 1895–1900 …   From formal English to slang