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.

crenophily
cruciverbalophile (s) (noun), cruciverbalophiles (pl)
Someone who loves or who is very fond of crossword puzzles.
crymophile
1. Dwelling and thriving in polar habitats or regions.
2. Preferring cold; denoting microorganisms that thrive best at low temperatures.
crymophilic
Growing best at low temperatures. A reference to microorganisms.
crymophillia
crymophilous
crymophily
cryophil
1. Thriving at low temperatures.
2. Preferring cold conditions.
cryophile
cryophilia
cryophilic
A reference to thriving at low temperatures.
cryophilous
cryophily
cumyxaphile
A collector of matchboxes.
cumyxaphilist
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Related "love, fondness" units: agape-; amat-; vener-; venus.