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An organism that requires a saline environment.

hal′o·phil′ic (-fĭl′ĭk), ha·loph′i·lous (hă-lŏf′ə-ləs) adj.


(Biology) an organism that thrives in an extremely salty environment, such as the Dead Sea
ˌhaloˈphilic, haˈlophilous adj


(ˈhæl əˌfaɪl)

an organism that requires a salt-rich environment.
hal`o•phil′ic (-ˈfɪl ɪk) ha•loph•i•lous (hæˈlɒf ə ləs) adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.halophile - archaebacteria requiring a salt-rich environment for growth and survival
archaebacteria, archaebacterium, archaeobacteria, archeobacteria - considered ancient life forms that evolved separately from bacteria and blue-green algae
halobacter, halobacteria, halobacterium - halophiles in saline environments such as the Dead Sea or salt flats
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The data we are generating are much more in favor of a protein-first view in a halophile environment.
Materials required: for each group of 2-4 students, one envelope with labeled pictures (readily downloaded from the Internet) of the following organisms: cyanobacteria, Gram-positive bacteria, methanogen, halophile, thermophile, ciliate, flagellate, conifer, angiosperm, mushroom, mold, mammal, and arthropod.
Microalga Dunaliella salina is a type of halophile pink microalgae especially found in sea salt fields.
In exhaustive comparison with moderately halophilic bacteria, it was sound fresh water bacteria with less tolerant NaCl, were very poor to produce hydrolytic enzyme activities, in the other hands halophile and halotolerant bacteria were higher variety producers of hydrolytic enzymes.