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.

Someone who collects teddy bears or a collector of teddy bears.
argentophile (s) (noun), argentophiles (pl)
Someone who has an attraction for things that consist of a well-known shiny metal.
Organisms that thrive, or live, in clay or mud.
argyrophil (adjective), more argyrophil, most argyrophil
Pertaining to tissue elements that are capable of impregnation with silver ions and being made visible after an external reducing agent is used: Ted's argyrophil condition refers to cells that bind with silver salts which can then be reduced to produce a brown or black stain.
argyrophile (s) (noun), argyrophiles (pl)
Self-strangulation. Also known as autoerotic asphyxiation, a form of sexual masochism.
1. Someone who is fond of star lore or the acquired knowledge or wisdom about stars; such as, those from local traditions, handed down by word of mouth and usually in the form of stories or historical anecdotes.
2. A love or fondness of the stars.
A reference to someone who has a love or fondness for the stars.
atmophile element
1. Any of the most typical elements of the atmosphere; such as, hydrogen, carbon, nitrogen, oxygen, iodine, mercury, and inert gases.
2. Any of the elements which either occur in the uncombined state or, as volatile compounds, concentrate in the gaseous primordial atmosphere.
audiophile (s) (noun), audiophiles (pl)
An enthusiast having an ardent interest in stereo or sound reproduction: Jack's father was an audiophile who was not only interested in high-fidelity music, but also in its associated technology.

An audiophile also has a great desire to reproduce the sounds of live musical productions, and especially by being in a room with very good acoustics.

A collector of reed instruments.
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Related "love, fondness" units: agape-; amat-; vener-; venus.