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.

iodinophil
Readily combining with or staining with iodine.
iodinophilous
isochromatophil
1. Having an equal affinity for the same dye; said of cells or tissues.
2. Staining equally with the same stain.
isohromatophile
isophilic
In psychiatry, a term for affection of or liking others of the same sex, such affection lacks the genital element characteristic of homosexuality.
Italophile
An admirer of Italy or of its people, language, and culture.
Italophilia
jigsimophile
jigsimophilist
A collector of jigsaw puzzles.
kakemonophile
kakemonophilist
A collector of Japanese roll-pictures.
karossophile
karossophilist
A collector of leather garments.
keratinophile
Thriving on horny (keratin-rich) substrates.
keratinophilic
Keratin-seeking; using keratin as a substrate; said of fungi.
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Related "love, fondness" units: agape-; amat-; vener-; venus.