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Suffixes with the common part -phil- (-phile, -philia, -philic) are used to specify some kind of attraction or affinity to something, in particular the love or obsession with something. They are antonymic to suffixes -phob-. Phil- (Philo-) may also be used as a prefix with a similar meaning. Philia (φιλία) as an ancient Greek word for love refers to brotherly love, including friendship and affection. This contrast to the ancient Greek terms Eros, or sexual/romantic love, and agapē, or detached, spiritual love. English usage differs in some cases from the etymological use, and several of these words refer in English not to brotherly love but to sexual attraction. The suffix "-phile" (or, in a few cases, -philiac) applies to someone or something with one of these attractions. The suffix "-philic" describes the property of being attracted to something. The less common suffix "-phily" is synonymous with "-philia". There are five major areas of usage of this suffix: biology, sexology, chemistry/physics, hobbies, and attitude to specific nations, with occasional coinage in other areas. Contents [hide] 1 Biology 2 Chemistry and Physics 3 Hobbies 4 National 5 Other 6 Prefix “phil-” Biology

acidophilia / acidophile: Preference of acidic conditions alkaliphilia / alkaliphile: Preference of alkaline environments. anthophilia / anthophile / anthophilic: Attraction to flowers. anthrophile / anthrophilic: Attracted to humans (e.g., parasites). anemophily: a form of pollination whereby pollen is distributed by wind.

"love of ants" nemophilia: Love of the woods/forests. psammophile: A plant loving sandy areas (psammophyte). hyperthermophilia / hyperthermophile / hyperthermophilic: Describing organisms that thrive in extremely hot environments. geophilia / geophilic / Geophile Referring to organisms that prefer the soil. rheophilia: Preference of living in running water. necrophilia necrophile: attraction to the dead nyctophilia: A preference for darkness or night.. lithophilia / lithophile / litophilic: Preference/affinity to stones. . myrmecophilia: in names of orchids of genus myrmecophila. petrophilia / petrophile / petrophilic: Preference of living or spending time in rocky areas. objects and low temperatures. limnophilia / limnophile / limnophilic: Preference of ponds or marshes. dendrophilia / dendrophilic / dendrophile: Preference of trees or other plants. hydrophilia: Attraction to water. e.g. entomophilous: Adapted for pollination by insects. Protea cryophila (Snow Protea). heliophilia / heliophile: Attraction/attracted to sunlight. extremophilia / extremophile: Preference of living extremal conditions for some microorganisms. microaerophilia / microaerophile / Microaerophilic: of organisms that can tolerate or require environments containing low levels of oxygen. in the name of the genus Nemophilia of flowers. climates. psychrophilia / psychrophile: Preference of cold temperatures. mesophilia / mesophile: Preference of moderate temperatures in microorganisms. photophilia / photophile / photophilic: Preference of living or spending time in lighted conditions.cryophilia / cryophilic / cryophile: Preference for cold environments. ombrophilia / ombrophile: Affinity/affined to large amounts of rainfall. halophilia / halophile: Attraction/attracted to salt or salt-water.

enriching on channel walls instead of in the middle of the channels. xylophilia: Love of wood. especially. (e. microbes). icthyophilia: Love of fish . xerophilia: Love of living or spending time in very dry conditions. sciaphilia or skiaphilia: Preference of living in shady or dark areas (as opposed to photophilia). thermophilia: Love of high temperatures.g. antonym of electrophile. as in cell membranes. thriving in high temperatures (e. Chemistry and Physics chromophilous: Staining easily electrophile: A substance having an affinity for electrons or negative charge lipophilic: (of a substance) attracted to lipids.g. zoophily: a form of pollination whereby pollen is distributed by animals. tropophilia / tropophile / tropophilous: Preference of seasonal extremes of climate. hydrophilic: (of a substance) having a tendency to interact with or be dissolved by water and other polar substances Hobbies audiophilia: Love of high-fidelity sound reproduction arctophilia: Love of teddy bears. specifically wristwatches.rhizophilia: Preference of living on roots. air bubbles) nucleophile: A substance having an affinity for positive charge. an interest in collecting teddy bears bibliophilia: Love of books cinephilia: Love of cinema and film glossophilia: Love of languages horolophilia: Love of timepieces. litophilic: (of a substance) In microfluidics.

a fan of India Islamophile. Antonym: Francophobe Europhile: a person who wants to increase cooperation between governments within the European Union. which gives Americomania. a fan of Islam and Islamic culture Japanophile: a non-Japanese person with a strong interest in Japan or Japanese culture. a fan of French culture. Antonym: Cymrophobe Francophile. derive enjoyment from reading things commonly given less notice. cemeteries and funerals technophilia: Love of technology turophilia/turophile: Love of cheese / connoisseur of cheese National Americophile: rarely used. Lusophile: a fan of Portugal or Portuguese things. Antonym: Eurosceptic Germanophile or teutophile. but Americo. such as crosswords. Anglophile: a non-English person who is extremely fond of all things English.Logophiles may be interested in word games. such as labels metrophilia: Love of the metro rail or subway systems neophilia: Love of the latest novelties and trends oenophilia: Love of wine ornithophilia: Love of birds schediophilia: being attracted to cartoon or animated characters. a fan of German culture.logophilia: Love of words . Indophile. a fan of Greek culture Hibernophile: a lover of Ireland or Irish culture. or the combining form according to the Oxford English Dictionary. Antonym: Germanophobe or teutophobia Hellenophile. taphophilia: Love of graves. and in the extreme. Antonym: Anglophobe Cymrophile: a fan of Welsh culture (alternative: Cambrophile). Antonym: Lusophobe . Americophobia as examples. Antonym: Japanophobe.

Antonym: Russophobe. Antonym: Sinophobe Suecophile (alternative spelling: svecophile). Antonym: Anti-semitism Sinophile: a non-Chinese person with a strong interest in China or Chinese culture. a fan of Turkish culture. a fan of Sweden. Antonym: Turkophobia Other biophilia hypothesis haemophilia: A disease relating to blood clotting See List of paraphilias retrophilia: Love of things of the past theophilia: Love of a god . a fan of Pakistan Semitophile. Swedish culture or the Swedish language. Pakophile.Russophilia: love of Russia and/or Russians. cf Svecoman movement of Finland Turkophile. love of Jews and Judaism.