from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Requiring high temperatures for normal development, as certain bacteria.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. of, or relating to a thermophile
- adj. living and thriving at relatively high temperatures
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Heat-loving; -- applied especially to microorganisms such as certain bacteria, fungi and algae, which grow best at temperatures above 40° C (e.g. between 50° and 60°), and in some cases at temperatures that would kill ordinary microorganisms. They are found in naturally hot locations, such as at hot springs or the thermal vents at the ocean bottom.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- In bacteriology, heat-loving: applied to the bacteria which require high temperatures for their development.
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