Definition of -philic

: having a chemical affinity for (see affinity entry 1 sense 2b(2)) Among the most interesting of the leaching microorganisms are the moderately thermophilic and acidophilic bacteria …— Corale L. Brierly — compare -phobic

History and Etymology for -philic

Greek -philos -philous

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