atmophile


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at·mo·phile

 (ăt′mə-fīl′)
adj.
Relating to or being a volatile chemical element that tends to occur in gaseous form in the atmosphere of the earth or other solar system body.
n.
An atmophile element.

[Greek atmos, vapor; see atmosphere + -phile.]
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Hence, radon is a typical atmophile element and exists naturally in gaseous form.
His four classifications are still used today: the lithophiles (rock-lovers), the chalcophiles (ore- or sulfur-lovers), the atmophiles (gas-lovers) and siderophiles, the iron-lovers.