Greek Root: philia (φιλία)
Meaning: Love/ Affection/ Affinity
Examples of Root Words with “-phil”
An acidophile is an organism that thrives in highly acidic environments (pH levels of 2.0 or below).
Alkaliphiles are organisms that thrive in alkaline-rich environments (pH levels between 8.5 to 11)
- Cryophile (Cryo= Extreme Cold)
Cryophiles are organisms that thrive in very low-temperature environments (usually between -20°C to 10°C)
- Halophile (Salt-loving)
Halophiles are organisms that thrive in high salt concentrations.
Psammophiles are organisms that can thrive in dry, sandy areas such as the Arabian Peninsula.
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