extremophile


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extremophile

(ĭk-strē′mə-fīl′)
n.
Any of various organisms that require extreme conditions of temperature, pressure, or chemical concentration, as in very cold or salty environments, in order to thrive.

extremophile

(ĕks-trēm′ŏ-fīl) [L. extremus, outermost, + Gr. philein, to love]
An organism that can thrive in exceptionally adverse environments, such as in very cold or very hot, halogenated, or salty conditions.

extremophile

a MICROORGANISM that can grow under severe or extreme environmental conditions; for example, very high temperature, high NaCl concentration, very low pH. Often they are members of the ARCHAEA.
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Who's to say that the creatures we call extremophiles love the extreme or merely that they've found a way to make a home there in the dark?
Variation along the shybold continuum in extremophile fishes (Poecilia mexicana, Poecilia sulphuraria).
This unique extremophile can now be explored by scientists throughout the world.
Most of the extremophile life-forms living at Hydrate Ridge are invisible to the naked eye--though through the dissecting microscope they're mind--bendingly huge: translucent worms with blood cells chasing each other through their vessels; miniature crustaceans like the alien from Alien.
solftaricus, is a type of organism called an extremophile.
The NIEHS can fund novel methods of collection and cultivation of all types of potentially useful organisms; extremophile organisms, molecules, and processes represent only one example of a resource untapped.
brockianus in 160-degree Yellowstone pools as part of its extremophile research, studying organisms named for their love of extreme living conditions that would snuff out most living creatures.
To size up a given extremophile, Lin exposed it very gradually to uncomfortable conditions.
Extremophile microbes are also busy industrialists, producing enzymes that are enormously useful in food, chemical, pharmaceutical, waste treatment, and other industries.
The location was chosen for its cold and dry environment, and its harsh terrain that only harbors extremophile microorganisms, extreme features that make it suitable as a Mars analog.