ther·​mo·​phil·​ic | \ ˌthər-mə-ˈfi-lik How to pronounce thermophilic (audio) \
variants: or less commonly thermophilous \ (ˌ)thər-​ˈmä-​fə-​ləs How to pronounce thermophilic (audio) \ or thermophile \ ˈthər-​mə-​ˌfī(-​ə)l How to pronounce thermophilic (audio) \

Definition of thermophilic

: of, relating to, or being an organism living at a high temperature thermophilic fermentation thermophilic bacteria

Other Words from thermophilic

thermophile noun

Examples of thermophilic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Inside the engine, for example, where high temperatures are reached, thermophilic bacteria could (maybe) be found. Elana Scherr, Car and Driver, 4 June 2022 The closed-vessel system also accelerated the proliferation of the thermophilic organisms that break a body down, transforming it into soil in just thirty days. Lisa Wells, Harper's Magazine, 28 Sep. 2021 From 1965 through 1975, Brock conducted field and laboratory research on thermophilic microorganisms in the hot springs of the park, funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation. David Bressan, Forbes, 28 Apr. 2021 The Valley of Geysers is fragile territory, a sliver in the earth exposing volcanic rock, alkaline pools, and crusts of thermophilic bacteria. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, 11 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of thermophilic

circa 1894, in the meaning defined above

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“Thermophilic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Sep. 2022.

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More Definitions for thermophilic


ther·​mo·​phil·​ic | \ ˌthər-mə-ˈfil-ik How to pronounce thermophilic (audio) \
variants: also thermophilous \ (ˌ)thər-​ˈmäf-​ə-​ləs How to pronounce thermophilic (audio) \ or thermophile \ ˈthər-​mə-​ˌfīl How to pronounce thermophilic (audio) \

Medical Definition of thermophilic

: of, relating to, or being an organism living at a high temperature thermophilic bacteria


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