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Pronunciation: an′thrō-pō-fil′ik

Definition: Human-seeking or human-preferring, especially with reference to: 1) bloodsucking arthropods, denoting the preference of a parasite for the human host as a source of blood or tissues over an animal host; and 2) dermatophytic fungi that grow preferentially on humans rather than other animals.

[anthropo- + G. phileō, to love]

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