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Phil- (philo-) may also be used as a prefix with a similar meaning.
- Acidophilia, acidophile: Preference of acidic conditions. Antonym: Acidophobia, acidophobe
- 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 to salt or salt-water.
- Heliophilia, heliophile: Attraction to sunlight.
- Hydrophilia: Attraction to water.
- Hyperthermophilia, hyperthermophile, hyperthermophilic: Organisms that thrive in extremely hot environments.
- Limnophilia, limnophile, limnophilic: Preference of ponds or marshes.
- Lithophilia, lithophile, litophilic: Preference or affinity to stones.
- Mesophilia, mesophile: Preference of moderate temperatures in microorganisms.
- Microaerophilia, microaerophile, microaerophilic: Organisms that can tolerate or require environments containing low levels of oxygen.
- Myrmecophilia: The names of orchids of genus myrmecophila, "love of ants"
- Nemophilia: Love of the woods and forests, in the name of the genus Nemophilia of flowers.
- Necrophilia necrophile: Attraction to the dead
- Nyctophilia: An attraction to darkness or night; finding relaxation or comfort in the darkness. Preferring nighttime activities to daytime activities.
- Ombrophilia, ombrophile: Affinity 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.
- Pluviophilia, pluviophile, pluviophilic: Affinity to rain.
- Psammophile, psammophyte: A plant loving sandy areas.
- Psychrophilia, psychrophile: Preference of cold temperatures.
- Rheophilia: Preference of living in running water.
- Rhizophilia: Preference of living on roots.
- Sciaphilia, 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.
- Vorarephilia: Sexual attraction to being eaten by or eating humans.
- Xenophilia: An affection for unknown, foreign objects, or people. Antonym: Xenophobia.
- 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
- 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 of electrophile.
- Audiophilia: Love of high-fidelity sound reproduction
- Arctophilia: Love of teddy bears; especially, an interest in collecting teddy bears
- Bibliophilia: Love of books
- Cartophilia: Love of maps
- Cinephilia: Love of cinema and film
- Philately: The study of stamps and postal history and other related items
- 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
National or ethnic
- 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.
- Europhile: a person who wants to increase cooperation between governments within the European Union. Antonym: Eurosceptic
- Fennophile: a fan of Finnish culture.
- Francophile or Gallophile: a fan of French culture. Antonym: Francophobe
- Germanophile or Teutophile: a fan of German culture. Antonym: Germanophobe or teutophobia
- Hellenophile: a fan of Greek culture (i.e. someone prone to philhellenism)
- Hibernophile: a lover of Ireland or Irish culture
- Hispanophile: a lover of Spanish (Spain) culture(s) and people.
- 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.
- Judeophile: a lover of Jews or Jewish culture. Antonym: Judeophobe or antisemite.
- Kartvelophile: an interest for Georgian culture
- Negrophilia: a term used in the 1920s and 30s for the interest in Europe for African and African-American culture
- Russophilia: love of Russia and/or Russians. Antonym: Russophobe.
- Sinophile: a non-Chinese person with a strong interest in China or Chinese culture. Antonym: Sinophobe
- Slavophile: a fan of Slavic culture.
- Suecophile: someone with a great interest in the Swedish language and culture
- Biophilia hypothesis
- Haemophilia: A disease relating to blood clotting
- Homophile: A term used to refer to gay people or those who supported homosexuality, prior to gay liberation and other LGBT social movements.
- Pluviophile: Love of the rain
- Retrophilia: Love of things of the past
- Theophilia: Love of a god
- Philhellenism, the love of Greek culture (this may also be called hellenophilia)