Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An organism that requires a salty environment.

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  • n. an organism that lives and thrives in an environment of high salinity, often requiring such an environment; a form of extremophile

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  • n. archaebacteria requiring a salt-rich environment for growth and survival

Etymologies

halo- + -phile (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The bacteria that grew in severely P-depleted and As-enriched conditions were identified as members of a halophile salt-loving family already known to accumulate intracellular As. When deprived of P, they grew slowly and looked bloated because they were full of vacuoles, cellular organelles that manage waste and grow larger and more numerous when cells are under stress.

    Athena Andreadis, Ph.D.: Arsenic and Odd Lace

  • The bacteria that grew in severely P-depleted and As-enriched conditions were identified as members of a halophile salt-loving family already known to accumulate intracellular As.

    Athena Andreadis, Ph.D.: Arsenic and Odd Lace

  • Large salt depressions with basaltic rock buttes (Yeroyulanduz Lake) harbor a number of halophile vertebrate and invertebrate species, many of them rare or endemic, such as gecko Bunopus tuberculatus and scorpion Kraepelinia palpator.

    Badkhiz-Karabil semi-desert

  • A large area is also occupied by sand and halophile landscapes.

    Mediterranean dry woodlands and steppe

  • This article provides evidence for identification of halophilic microbes as the major cause of fish spoilage, and is one of the earliest publications in the field of halophile microbiology.

    BioMed Central - Latest articles

  • I finitely them that it is an anthropomorphous paedophile patchwork of colourful unconcern, and is sinuously halophile by the antineoplastic.

    Rational Review

  • But what really caught my eye was a collection of halophile living in pure salt crystals.

    Strobist

  • As far as they know, no one had yet made a quality close-up of halophile colonies embedded in salt crystals.

    Strobist

  • They would indeed be pretty happy in such a crystal, as the very definition of a halophile is an organism that can thrive in a high-salinity environment.

    Strobist

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