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.

ammochthophily
Thriving on banks of sand or sand banks.
ammophile
ammophilous
Thriving in sandy habitats.
ammophily
amourophilist
amphiphile
Any of many organic compounds, as a surfactant, detergent, bile salt, or phospholipid, composed of hydrophilic and hydrophobic portions.
amphiphilic
Of or relating to a molecule having a polar, water-soluble group attached to a nonpolar, water-insoluble hydrocarbon chain.
amphophil
1. Having an affinity both for acid and for basic dyes. Also: amphophilic, amphophilous.
2. A cell that stains readily with either acid or basic dyes. Also: amphocyte; as well as, amphochromatophil, amphochromatophile, amphochromophil, amphochromophile.
amphophile
amphophilic
amphophilous
Staining readily with both acid and basic dyes.
anaglyphile
A fondness for collecting medallions; a collector of medallions.
anaglyphily
ancophile
ancophilous
Living in canyon forests.
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Related "love, fondness" units: agape-; amat-; vener-; venus.