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autotrophic

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adjective au·to·tro·phic \ˌȯ-tə-ˈtrō-fik\

Definition of autotrophic

  1. 1 :  requiring only carbon dioxide or carbonates as a source of carbon and a simple inorganic nitrogen compound for metabolic synthesis of organic molecules (as glucose) <autotrophic plants> — compare heterotrophic

  2. 2 :  not requiring a specified exogenous factor for normal metabolism

au·to·tro·phi·cal·lyplay \-fi-k(ə-)lē\ adverb
au·tot·ro·phyplay \ȯ-ˈtä-trə-fē\ noun


Origin of autotrophic

probably from German autotroph, from Greek autotrophos supplying one's own food, from aut- + trephein to nourish


First Known Use: 1893


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autotrophic

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adjective au·to·tro·phic \ˌȯt-ə-ˈtrō-fik\

Medical Definition of autotrophic

  1. 1:  needing only carbon dioxide or carbonates as a source of carbon and a simple inorganic nitrogen compound for metabolic synthesis

  2. 2:  not requiring a specified exogenous factor for normal metabolism

  3. au·to·tro·phi·cal·ly \-fi-k(ə-)lē\play adverb




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