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Phil- (philo-) may also be used as a prefix with a similar meaning.
The suffix and prefix are derived from the Greek word Philia (φιλία), "love", "affection".
- 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.
- cryophilia / cryophilic / cryophile: Preference for cold environments, climates, objects and low temperatures; e.g., Protea cryophila (Snow Protea).
- dendrophilia / dendrophilic / dendrophile: Preference of trees or other plants.
- entomophilous: Adapted for pollination by insects.
- extremophilia / extremophile: Preference of living extremal conditions for some microorganisms.
- geophilia / geophilic / Geophile Referring to organisms that prefer the soil.
- halophilia / halophile: Attraction/attracted to salt or salt-water.
- heliophilia / heliophile: Attraction/attracted to sunlight.
- hydrophilia: Attraction to water.
- hyperthermophilia / hyperthermophile / hyperthermophilic: Describing organisms that thrive in extremely hot environments.
- limnophilia / limnophile / limnophilic: Preference of ponds or marshes.
- lithophilia / lithophile / litophilic: Preference/affinity to stones.
- mesophilia / mesophile: Preference of moderate temperatures in microorganisms.
- microaerophilia / microaerophile / Microaerophilic: of organisms that can tolerate or require environments containing low levels of oxygen.
- myrmecophilia: in names of orchids of genus myrmecophila, "love of ants"
- nemophilia: Love of the woods/forests, in the name of the genus Nemophilia of flowers.
- necrophilia necrophile: attraction to the dead
- nyctophilia: A preference for darkness or night.
- ombrophilia / ombrophile: Affinity/affined to large amounts of rainfall.
- petrophilia / petrophile / petrophilic: Preference of living or spending time in rocky areas.
- photophilia / photophile / photophilic: Preference of living or spending time in lighted conditions.
- psammophile: A plant loving sandy areas (psammophyte).
- psychrophilia / psychrophile: Preference of cold temperatures.
- rheophilia: Preference of living in running water.
- rhizophilia: Preference of living on roots.
- sciaphilia or skiaphilia: Preference of living in shady or dark areas (as opposed to photophilia).
- thermophilia: Love of high temperatures; thriving in high temperatures (e.g. microbes).
- tropophilia / tropophile / tropophilous: Preference of seasonal extremes of climate.
- xerophilia: Love of living or spending time in very dry conditions.
- xylophilia: Love of wood.
- zoophily: a form of pollination whereby pollen is distributed by animals.
Chemistry and Physics
- chromophilous: Staining easily
- electrophile: A substance having an affinity for electrons or negative charge
- lipophilic: (of a substance) attracted to lipids, as in cell membranes.
- litophilic: (of a substance) In microfluidics, enriching on channel walls instead of in the middle of the channels. (e.g. air bubbles)
- nucleophile: A substance having an affinity for positive charge; antonym of electrophile.
- hydrophilic: (of a substance) having a tendency to interact with or be dissolved by water and other polar substances
- audiophilia: Love of high-fidelity sound reproduction
- arctophilia: Love of teddy bears; especially, an interest in collecting teddy bears
- bibliophilia: Love of books
- cinephilia: Love of cinema and film
- glossophilia: Love of languages
- icthyophilia: Love of fish
- logophilia: Love of words - Logophiles may be interested in word games, such as crosswords, or Scrabble, and in the extreme, derive enjoyment from reading things commonly given less notice, 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
- taphophilia: Love of graves, cemeteries and funerals
- technophilia: Love of technology
- Anglophile: a non-English person who is extremely fond of all things English. Antonym: Anglophobe
- Austrophile: a fan of Austrian culture.
- Celtophile: a fan of Celtic culture.
- Fennophile or Finnophile: a fan of Finnish culture.
- Francophile or Gallophile: a fan of French culture. Antonym: Francophobe
- Europhile: a person who wants to increase cooperation between governments within the European Union. Antonym: Eurosceptic
- Germanophile or Teutophile: a fan of German culture. Antonym: Germanophobe or teutophobia
- Hellenophile: a fan of Greek culture.
- Hungarophile or Magyarophile: a fan of Hungarian culture
- Hibernophile: a lover of Ireland or Irish culture.
- Indophile: a fan of India
- Italophile a fan of Italy. Antonym: Italophobia.
- Japanophile: a non-Japanese person with a strong interest in Japan or Japanese culture. Antonym: Japanophobe.
- Lusophile: a fan of Portugal or Portuguese things. Antonym: Lusophobe
- Polonophile: a fan of Polish culture.
- Russophilia: love of Russia and/or Russians. Antonym: Russophobe.
- Serbophile: a fan of Serbian culture.
- Sinophile: a non-Chinese person with a strong interest in China or Chinese culture. Antonym: Sinophobe
- Slavophile: a fan of Slavic culture.
- Suecophile: a fan of Swedish culture.
- 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