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.
2. A molecule, or compound, that doesn’t have enough electrons and will tend to take them from another molecule, or compound, with an excess of electrons.
3. A chemical species with an affinity for electrons and hence reactive with species rich in electrons.
4. An ion or molecule that has a partial or complete positive charge, so that it can accept an electron pair or share an electron pair with another atom.
2. Pertaining to any chemical process in which electrons are acquired from or shared with other molecules or ions.
3. Describing a substance with an electron deficiency.
4. Having an affinity for electrons whereby a bond is formed when an ion or molecule (the electrophilic agent) accepts a pair of electrons from a nucleophilic ion or molecule.
2. A reactant that accepts an electron pair from a molecule with which it forms a covalent bond (number of pairs of electrons an atom can share).
2. A reference to a chemical compound or group that is attracted to electrons and which tends to accept electrons.