mesophilic

[mez-uh-fil-ik, mes-, mee-zuh-, -suh-]
adjective
(of bacteria) growing best at moderate temperatures, between 25°C and 40°C.
Also, mesophile, mesophilous [mi-zof-uh-luhs, sof] .


Origin:
1895–1900; meso- + -philic

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mesophilic (ˌmɛsəʊˈfɪlɪk)
 
adj
biology (esp of bacteria) having an ideal growth temperature of 20--45°C
 
mesophile
 
n

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Example sentences
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.
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