One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Microbiology. Aerobic; aerophilic. rare.
2Ecology. Especially of diatoms and other algae: tolerating or requiring an environment that is exposed to air; living on land (as opposed to in water); subaerial.
Late 19th century; earliest use found in Year-book Treatment 1884. From aero- + -philous.
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