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acidophilic

[uh-sid-uh-fil-ik, as-i-duh-] /əˌsɪd əˈfɪl ɪk, ˌæs ɪ də-/
adjective
1.
Biology. having an affinity for acid stains; eosinophilic.
2.
Ecology. thriving in or requiring an acid environment.
Also, acidophilous
[as-i-dof-uh-luh s] /ˌæs ɪˈdɒf ə ləs/ (Show IPA),
oxyphilic.
Origin
1895-1900
1895-1900; acidophil + -ic
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British Dictionary definitions for acidophilic

acidophil

/ˈæsɪdəʊˌfɪl; əˈsɪdə-/
adjective
1.
(of cells or cell contents) easily stained by acid dyes
2.
(of microorganisms) growing well in an acid environment
noun
3.
an acidophil organism
Word Origin
C20: see acid, -phile
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