Mesophile


Mesophile

A mesophile is an organism that grows best in moderate temperature, neither too hot nor too cold, typically between 25 and 40 °C (77 and 104 °F). The term is mainly applied to microorganisms.

The habitats of these organisms include especially cheese, yogurt and mesophile organisms are often included in the process of beer and wine making.

Organisms that prefer cold environments are termed psychrophilic, those preferring warmer temperatures are termed thermophilic and those thriving in extremely hot environments are hyperthermophilic.

All bacteria have their own optimum environmental surroundings and temperatures in which they thrive the most.

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  • Mesophile — Mésophile L adjectif mésophile se réfère à un organisme qui croît dans des conditions de température modérée (entre 5 et 65 °C). Classiquement, on parle de bactéries mésophiles lorsqu elles croissent à des températures comprises entre 25 et 40 °C …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Mésophile — L adjectif mésophile se réfère à un organisme qui croît dans des conditions de température modérée (entre 5 et 65 °C). Classiquement, on parle de bactéries mésophiles lorsqu elles croissent à des températures comprises entre 25 et 40 °C. On parle …   Wikipédia en Français

  • mesophile — (mes o faīl) A microorganism with a growth optimum around 20 to 45°C, a minimum of 15 to 20°C, and a maximum about 45°C or lower …   Dictionary of microbiology

  • mesophile — Organism that thrives at moderate temperatures (between, say, 20 40°C) …   Dictionary of molecular biology

  • mesophile — /mez euh fuyl , fil, mes , mee zeuh , seuh /, Bacteriol. adj. 1. mesophilic. n. 2. a mesophilic bacterium. [1925 30; MESO + PHILE] * * * …   Universalium

  • mesophile — noun An organism, especially a microorganism, that lives and thrives at moderate temperatures. Ant: extremophile See Also: mesophilic …   Wiktionary

  • mesophile — me·so·phile mez ə .fīl, mēz , mēs , mes also me·so·phil .fil n an organism growing at a moderate temperature (as bacteria that grow best at about the temperature of the human body) compare PSYCHROPHILE, THERMOPHILE * * * meso·phile (mezґo )… …   Medical dictionary

  • mesophile — [ mesə(ʊ)fʌɪl] noun Biology an organism, especially a bacterium, that grows best at moderate temperatures. Derivatives mesophilic adjective …   English new terms dictionary

  • mesophile — meso·phile …   English syllables

  • mesophile — /ˈmizəfaɪl/ (say meezuhfuyl) noun an organism which flourishes at medium temperatures. Compare extremophile, psychrophile, thermophile. {meso + phile} –mesophilic /mizəˈfɪlɪk/ (say meezuh filik), adjec …   Australian English dictionary