Definition of osmophilic in US English:

osmophilic

adjective

Biology
  • 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).

adjective

Biology
  • = osmiophilic.

Origin

1920s. From osmo- + -philic, after German osmophil<br>1930s; earliest use found in Annals of the Missouri Botanical Garden. From osm- + -o- + -philic.

Pronunciation

osmophilic

/ˌɒzməˈfɪlɪk/