acidophil, acidophile
1. One of the acid-staining cells of the anterior pituitary. 2. A microorganism that grows well in a highly acid medium. [acid + G. philos, fond]

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  • acidophil — [ə sid′ə fil] n. [ ACID + O + PHIL] 1. a cell, substance, or tissue easily stained by acid dyes, as any of the alpha cells in the anterior pituitary 2. an organism that has an affinity for and grows well in an acid environment: also acidophile [ə …   English World dictionary

  • acidophil — also acidophile noun Date: circa 1900 a substance, tissue, or organism that stains readily with acid stains • acidophil also acidophile adjective …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Acidophile (histology) — An acidophile (or acidophil, or, as an adjectival form, acidophilic) describes is a term used by histologists to describe a particular staining pattern of cells and tissues when using haematoxylin and eosin stains. Specifically, the name refers… …   Wikipedia

  • acidophile — I. noun see acidophil II. adjective see acidophil …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • acidophil — acid·o·phil ə sid ə .fil, a also acid·o·phile .fīl adj ACIDOPHILIC (1) acidophil also acidophile n a substance, tissue, or organism that stains readily with acid stains called also oxyphile * * * (acidophilic) …   Medical dictionary

  • acidophile — noun an organism that thrives in a relatively acid environment • Syn: ↑acidophil • Derivationally related forms: ↑acidophilic, ↑acidophilic (for: ↑acidophil) • Hypernyms: ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • acidophil — noun an organism that thrives in a relatively acid environment • Syn: ↑acidophile • Derivationally related forms: ↑acidophilic (for: ↑acidophile), ↑acidophilic • Hypernyms: ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • acidophile — See acidophil. * * * …   Universalium

  • acidophil — /euh sid euh fil, as i deuh /, adj. 1. Biol., Ecol. acidophilic. n. 2. Biol. an acidophilic cell, tissue, organism, or substance; eosinophil. Also, acidophile /euh sid euh fuyl , as i deuh /. [1895 1900; ACID + O + PHIL] * * * …   Universalium

  • acidophile — acid·o·phile (ə sidґo fīl″) 1. acidophil. 2. acidophilic …   Medical dictionary

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