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acidophilic

Syllabification: a·cid·o·phil·ic
Pronunciation: /əˌsidəˈfilik, ˌasidə-
 
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Definition of acidophilic in English:

adjective

Biology
1(Of a cell or its contents) readily stained with acid dyes.
Example sentences
  • 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.
Example sentences
  • 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.

Origin

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

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