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mesophilic

[mez-uh-fil-ik, mes-, mee-zuh-, -suh-] /ˌmɛz əˈfɪl ɪk, ˌmɛs-, ˌmi zə-, -sə-/
adjective
1.
(of bacteria) growing best at moderate temperatures, between 25°C and 40°C.
Also, mesophile, mesophilous
[mi-zof-uh-luh s, ‐sof‐] /mɪˈzɒf ə ləs, ‐ˈsɒf‐/ (Show IPA)
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Origin
1895-1900
1895-1900; meso- + -philic
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Examples from the web for mesophilic
  • Most of the decomposition in a compost pile is mesophilic.
  • In the thermophilic range, decomposition and biogas production occur more rapidly than in the mesophilic range.
British Dictionary definitions for mesophilic

mesophilic

/ˌmɛsəʊˈfɪlɪk/
adjective
1.
(biology) (esp of bacteria) having an ideal growth temperature of 20–45°C
Derived Forms
mesophile (ˈmɛsəʊˌfaɪl) noun
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