psychrophilic


psychrophilic
Pertaining to a psychrophile. [psychro- + G. phileo, to love]

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psy·chro·phil·ic .sī-krō-'fil-ik adj thriving at a relatively low temperature <\psychrophilic bacteria>

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adj.
describing organisms, especially bacteria, that grow best at temperatures of 0-25°C. Compare mesophilic, thermophilic.

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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.