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Suffixes with the common part -phil- (-phile, -philia, -phily, -philic) are used to specify some kind of attraction or affinity to something. They are antonymic to suffixes -phob-.

Phil- (philo-) may also be used as a prefix with a similar meaning.

The suffix and prefix are derived from the Ancient Greek word philia (φιλία), "love, affection".


Chemistry and physics[edit]

  • Chromophilous: staining easily
  • Electrophile: a substance having an affinity for electrons or negative charge
  • Hydrophilic: (of a substance) having a tendency to interact with or be dissolved by water and other polar substances
  • 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: electrophile


National or ethnic[edit]

Sexual paraphilias[edit]

  • List of paraphilias
  • Paraphilia (previously known as sexual perversion and sexual deviation) is the experience of intense sexual arousal to atypical objects, situations, fantasies, behaviors, or individuals. Such attraction may be labeled sexual fetishism.


Prefix phil-[edit]

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