One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Of a microorganism, especially a yeast: living or thriving in an environment of high osmotic pressure (e.g. due to high sugar or salt concentration).
1920s. From osmo- + -philic, after German osmophil<br>1930s; earliest use found in Annals of the Missouri Botanical Garden. From osm- + -o- + -philic.
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