- Pertaining to a psychrophile. [psychro- + G. phileo, to love]
* * *psy·chro·phil·ic .sī-krō-'fil-ik adj thriving at a relatively low temperature <\psychrophilic bacteria>
* * *adj.describing organisms, especially bacteria, that grow best at temperatures of 0-25°C. Compare mesophilic, thermophilic.
* * *psy·chro·phil·ic (si″kro-filґik) [psychro- + -philic] fond of cold; said of bacteria that grow in the cold, often growing best between 15° and 20° C. See also mesophilic and thermophilic.
Medical dictionary. 2011.