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Related to thermophilic: Mesophiles, Hyperthermophiles


Any of various organisms, such as certain bacteria, requiring temperatures between 45°C and 80°C to thrive.

ther′mo·phil′ic (-fĭl′ĭk) adj.
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(ˌθɜr məˈfɪl ɪk)

growing best in a warm environment, as many bacteria.
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