anthropophilic
Human-seeking or human-preferring, especially with reference to: 1) bloodsucking arthropods, denoting the preference of a parasite for the human host as a source of blood or tissues over an animal host; and 2) dermatophytic fungi which grow preferentially on humans rather than other animals. [anthropo- + G. phileo, to love]

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an·thro·po·phil·ic .an(t)-thrə-(.)pō-'fil-ik also an·thro·poph·i·lous -'päf-ə-ləs adj attracted to humans esp. as a source of food <\anthropophilic mosquitoes> also indicating relative attraction to humans <\anthropophilic indices of certain forest insects>

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an·thro·po·phil·ic (an″thrə-po-filґik) [anthropo- + -philic] preferring human beings to other animals, such as a mosquito or a dermatophyte. Cf. anthropozoophilic and zoophilic.

Medical dictionary. 2011.

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