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

  • adj. Thriving at relatively low temperatures. Used of organisms such as bacteria and fungi.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Capable of living at relatively low temperature; used especially of certain bacteria.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Having a liking for a low temperature: applied to a group of bacteria whose optimum temperature of growth lies between 15┬░ and 20┬░ C. See bacterium.


psychro- + -philic (Wiktionary)



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