Science, Tech, Math › Science Biology Prefixes and Suffixes: -Phile, -Philic Share Flipboard Email Print This tiny aquatic invertebrate is called a Tardigrade or water bear. It is a highly resistant extremophilic animal, capable of inhabiting a vast range of altitudes, depths, salinities and temperature ranges, commonly found on mosses or lichens. Photolibrary/Oxford Scientific/Getty Image Science Biology Basics Cell Biology Genetics Organisms Anatomy Physiology Botany Ecology Chemistry Physics Geology Astronomy Weather & Climate By Regina Bailey Biology Expert B.A., Biology, Emory University A.S., Nursing, Chattahoochee Technical College Regina Bailey is a board-certified registered nurse, science writer and educator. Her work has been featured in "Kaplan AP Biology" and "The Internet for Cellular and Molecular Biologists." our editorial process Regina Bailey Updated May 20, 2018 The suffix -phile comes from the Greek philos, which means to love. Words that end with (-phile) refer to someone or something that loves or has a fondness of, attraction to, or affection for something. It also means to have a tendency toward something. Related terms include (-philic),(-philia), and (-philo). Words Ending With (-Phile) Acidophile (acido-phile): Organisms that thrive in acidic environments are called acidophiles. They include some bacteria, archaeans, and fungi. Alkaliphile (alkali-phile): Alkaliphiles are organisms that thrive in alkaline environments with a pH above 9. They live in habitats such as carbonate-rich soils and alkaline lakes. Barophile (baro-phile): Barophiles are organisms that live in high-pressure habitats, such as deep-sea environments. Electrophile (electro-phile): An electrophile is a compound that is attracted to and accepts electrons in a chemical reaction. Extremophile (extremo-phile): An organism that lives and thrives in extreme environments is known as an extremophile. Such habitats include volcanic, salty, or deep-sea environments. Halophile (halo-phile): A haloophile is an organism that thrives in environments with high salt concentrations, such as salt lakes. Pedophile (pedo-phile): A pedophile is an individual who has an abnormal attraction to or affection for children. Psychrophile (psychro-phile): An organism that thrives in very cold or frozen environments is a psychrophile. They live in polar regions and deep sea habitats. Xenophile (xeno-phile): A xenophile is one who is attracted to all things foreign including people, languages, and cultures. Zoophile (zoo-phile): An individual who loves animals is a zoophile. This term can also refer to people who have an abnormal sexual attraction to animals. Words Ending With (-Philia) Acrophilia (acro-philia): Acrophilia is a love of heights or elevated regions. Algophilia (algo-philia): Algophilia is a love of pain. Autophilia (auto-philia): Autophilia is a narcissistic type of self-love. Basophilia (baso-philia): Basophilia describes cells or cell components that are attracted to basic dyes. White blood cells called basophils are examples of this type of cell. Basophilia also describes a blood condition in which there is an increase in basophils in circulation. Hemophilia (hemo-philia): Hemophilia is a sex-linked blood disorder characterized by excessive bleeding due to a defect in a blood clotting factor. A person with hemophilia has a tendency toward bleeding uncontrollably. Necrophilia (necro-philia): This term refers to having an abnormal fondness of or attraction to dead bodies. Spasmophilia (spasmo-philia): This nervous system condition involves motor neurons that are overly sensitive and induce convulsions or spasms. Words Ending With (-Philic) Aerophilic (aero-philic): Aerophilic organisms depend on oxygen or air for survival. Eosinophilic (eosino-philic): Cells or tissues that are readily stained with eosin dye are called eosinophilic. White blood cells called eosinophils are examples of eosinophilic cells. Hemophilic (hemo-philic): This term refers to organisms, particularly bacteria, that have an affinity for red blood cells and grow well in blood cultures. It also refers to individuals with hemophilia. Hydrophilic (hydro-philic): This term describes a substance that has a strong attraction to or affinity for water. Oleophilic (oleo-philic): Substances that have a strong affinity for oil are called oleophilic. Oxyphilic (oxy-philic): This term describes cells or tissues that have an affinity for acid dyes. Photophilic (photo-philic): Organisms that are attracted to and thrive in light are known as photophilic organisms. Thermophilic (thermo-philic): Thermophilic organisms are those that live and thrive in hot environments.