hy·​per·​ther·​mo·​phile | \ ˌhī-pər-ˈthər-mə-ˌfī(-ə)l How to pronounce hyperthermophile (audio) \

Definition of hyperthermophile

: an organism that lives in extremely hot environments (such as hot springs) with temperatures around the boiling point of water

Other Words from hyperthermophile

hyperthermophilic \ ˌhī-​pər-​ˌthər-​mə-​ˈfi-​lik How to pronounce hyperthermophile (audio) \ adjective

Examples of hyperthermophile in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Here’s a bacterium whose genetic material includes genes from a diverse bestiary: Icelandic hyperthermophiles, petunias, yeast, perhaps a bit of bioluminescent jellyfish. Sophia Roosth, Slate Magazine, 25 Apr. 2017

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First Known Use of hyperthermophile

1988, in the meaning defined above

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“Hyperthermophile.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hyperthermophile. Accessed 28 Nov. 2021.

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