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 (ăs′ĭ-dō-fĭl′ĭk) also ac·i·doph·i·lus (-dŏf′ə-ləs)
1. Growing well in an acid medium: acidophilic bacteria.
2. Easily stained with acid dyes: an acidophilic cell.

a·cid′o·phil′ (ə-sĭd′ə-fĭl′), a·cid′o·phile′ (-fīl′) n.


(ˈæsɪdəʊˌfɪl; əˈsɪdə-) or


1. (Biology) (of cells or cell contents) easily stained by acid dyes
2. (Biology) (of microorganisms) growing well in an acid environment
(Biology) an acidophil organism
[C20: see acid, -phile]


(əˈsɪd ə fɪl, ˈæs ɪ də-)

also a•cid•o•phile


adj. n.
2. an acidophilic cell, tissue, organism, or substance; eosinophil.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.acidophil - an organism that thrives in a relatively acid environmentacidophil - an organism that thrives in a relatively acid environment
bacteria, bacterium - (microbiology) single-celled or noncellular spherical or spiral or rod-shaped organisms lacking chlorophyll that reproduce by fission; important as pathogens and for biochemical properties; taxonomy is difficult; often considered to be plants
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Identifying monotony of the shed cells is critical in diagnosing adenoma, as opposed to the mixed cell population (chromophobes, acidophils, basophils) of normal anterior pituitary.
GH is a protein hormone, secreted by the acidophils of the anterior pituitary.
mytilovum infection seen here, there is an absence of the typical bivalve inflammatory response, which involves invasion of the site of trauma primarily by small agranular hyalinocytes (90%), granular basophils (8%) and granular acidophils (2%) (Bayne et al.