Definition of thermophile in English:

thermophile

Line breaks: thermo|phile
Pronunciation: /ˈθəːmə(ʊ)fʌɪl
 
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noun

Microbiology
A bacterium or other microorganism that grows best at higher than normal temperatures.
More example sentences
  • However, in that analysis, 10% of the bacteria but 78% of the archaea were thermophiles.
  • For example, thermophiles are organisms that live under conditions of extreme high temperature.
  • In particular, these findings are elucidative to understand mechanisms of thermal adaptation of thermophiles, and for developing thermostable enzymes for biotechnological applications.

Derivatives

thermophilic

Pronunciation: /-ˈfɪlɪk/
adjective
More example sentences
  • Meanwhile, Earth-dwelling extremophile microorganisms, both thermophilic (heat-loving) and psychrophilic (cold-loving), are variously adapted to temperatures that would fry us or freeze us.
  • Here, I compared sequences from the mesophilic bacterium Deinococcus radiodurans, whose genome has been completely sequenced, with Thermus thermophilus, a thermophilic bacterium that is related to Deinococcus.
  • Farmer's lung disease is a hypersensitivity pneumonitis caused by the inhalation of thermophilic actinomycetes that grow in moldy hay or straw.

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