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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.
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Noun1.acidophile - an organism that thrives in a relatively acid environmentacidophile - 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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Acidithiobacillus ferrooxidans is an acidophile, living in environments with an optimal pH range of 1.5 to 2.5 (Shaikh et al., 2010) and is also thermophilic, preferring temperatures of 40 to 45[degrees]C (Karavaiko et al., 1998).
Banfield, "An Archaeal iron-oxidizing extreme acidophile important in acid mine drainage," Science, vol.
Satyanarayana, "Cloning and expression of acidstable, high maltose-forming, Ca 2+-independent [alpha]-amylase from an acidophile Bacillus acidicola and its applicability in starch hydrolysis," Extremophiles, vol.
A microbial fuel cell operating at low pH using the acidophile Acidiphilium cryptum.
Contributors from a wide range of biological and environmental sciences look at acidophile microbiology in space and time, challenges and adaptations, the diversity of acidophilic microorganisms, acidophile community dynamics, the molecular biology of acidophiles, and applications and outlook.