Definition of psychrophile in English:

psychrophile

noun

Biology
  • An organism that grows best at temperatures close to freezing.

    • ‘Psychrophilic enzymes are present in psychrophiles, organisms that have adapted to very cold climates, such as those microorganisms living in the Artic and Antarctic regions.’
    • ‘Hoover initially went to the CRREL tunnel in search of ‘psychrophiles’ - organisms that live only at extremely low temperatures.’
    • ‘Bacteria growing at low temperature are generally grouped into two categories, psychrotrophs and psychrophiles, both having the ability to grow at zero and subzero temperatures.’

Origin

1920s: from Greek psukhros cold + -phile.

Pronunciation:

psychrophile

/ˈsʌɪkrə(ʊ)fʌɪl/