Definition of acidophilic in English:


Syllabification: a·cid·o·phil·ic
Pronunciation: /əˌsidəˈfilik, ˌasidə-


  • 1(Of a cell or its contents) readily stained with acid dyes.
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    • The tumor cells had elongated blunt-ended nuclei and acidophilic fibrillary cytoplasm.
    • Methylene blue stains basophilic constituents of the tissue, whereas erythrocin stains the acidophilic elements.
    • When eosin is used as a tissue stain, the acidophilic structures are sometimes referred to as eosinophilic.
  • 2(Of a microorganism or plant) growing best in acidic conditions.
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    • The conditions at Champagne Pool are ideal for thermophilic, mildly acidophilic archaeans such as the Sulfobales and Thermoproteales.
    • The cooperatives, undisputed market leaders in the production of acidophilic plants for garden centres, cannot give up on a policy of research.
    • The benefits of liming catchments have also been questioned on conservation grounds as some naturally acidophilic plant communities would be damaged.


early 20th century: from acid + -philic (see -philia).

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