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.

microaerophily
micromelittophilous
Pollinated by small bees.
micromelittophily
A reference to the process of being pollinated by small bees.
micromyiophilous
micromyiophily
microphile
microphilic
In biology, thriving only within a narrow temperature range. An aerobic bacterium that requires oxygen, but less than is present in the air, and grows best under modified atmospheric conditions.
microphily
microthermophile
microthermophilous
In biology, thriving in boreal regions or in cool or cold temperate regions of the northern hemisphere.
microthermophily
microzoophilous
In biology, pollinated by small animals.
microzoophily
mobilophilist
A collector of motor cars.
monophilous
In biology, dwelling and thriving in pastures.
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Related "love, fondness" units: agape-; amat-; vener-; venus.