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.

Thriving in marshes.
hemerophile (s) (noun), hemerophiles (pl)
In biology, species that dwell or live in habitats influenced by the activities of humans.
hemerophilous (adjective), more hemerophilous, most hemerophilous
Relating to the thriving of creatures in habitats influenced by the activities of man or land that is under cultivation.
In biology, the condition of plants that give rise to aerial growth while freezing temperatures still prevail.
Any of several hereditary blood-coagulation disorders in which the blood fails to clot normally because of a deficiency or an abnormality of one of the clotting factors.

Hemophilia, a recessive trait associated with the X-chromosome, is manifested almost exclusively in males.

In biology, a microorganism (usually bacteria) growing well in blood or in a media containing blood.
A collector of heart shapes.
Fond of bygone days.
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Related "love, fondness" units: agape-; amat-; vener-; venus.