philo-, phil-, -phile, -philia, -philic, -philous, -phily, -philiac, -philist, -philism

(Greek: love, loving, friendly to, fondness for, attraction to; strong tendency toward, affinity for)

These are just a few of the meanings set up for the etymological meanings of philo- which comes to us from Greek.

In biology, there are many words that use philo-, phil- to mean "thriving in such and such a place or situation; or exhibiting a tendency for a specified condition" for its existence.

Other meanings include: "strongly attracted to; such as, an organism that loves or is strongly attracted to something which is specified".

In psychology and psychiatry, -phile, -philia, etc. use this element as a word termination indicating an abnormal craving or attraction to or an affinity for an object as shown by the word stems to which they are affixed.

A collector of Christian names.
A collector of barbed wire.
An organism that thrives under conditions of high hydrostatic or atmospheric pressure.
1. In microbiology, relating to or describing a microorganism that grows optimally at high atmospheric pressure; said especially of certain deep-sea bacteria.
2. Thriving under conditions of high hydrostatic or atmospheric pressure.
In biology, thriving under conditions of high hydrostatic or atmospheric pressure; tolerant of weight, said particularly of bacteria growing at great depths in the ocean.
bathophile (s) (noun), batholphiles (pl)
An organism that thrives in deep water: A fish that habitats the very abysmal regions of the sea can be termed to be a bathophile.
1. Pertaining to the sea floor between 200 meters and 4 000 meters.
2. A reference to the deep sea.
bathyphile (s) (noun), bathyphiles (pl)
A living thing that thrives in the depths of the ocean: Bathyphiles are organisms that do well in the deep parts of the ocean which has a temperature of about 1 - 3°C.
A collector of brothel tickets.
beaupoignophile (s) (noun), beaupoignophiles (pl)
A collector of small swords: Jeff had a strange hobby of gathering together as many different kinds of little sabres, rapiers, and other bladded weapons and even joined a club with other beaupoignophiles.
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Related "love, fondness" units: agape-; amat-; vener-; venus.