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auxotrophic

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adjective auxo·tro·phic \ˌȯk-sə-ˈtrō-fik\

Definition of auxotrophic

  1. :  requiring a specific growth substance beyond the minimum required for normal metabolism and reproduction by the parental or wild-type strain <auxotrophic mutants of bacteria>

auxotrophy

play \ȯk-ˈsä-trə-fē\ noun


Origin and Etymology of auxotrophic

Greek auxein to increase + -o- + English -trophic


First Known Use: 1944


Medical Dictionary

auxotrophic

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adjective auxo·tro·phic \ˌȯk-sə-ˈtrō-fik\

Medical Definition of auxotrophic

  1. :  requiring a specific growth substance beyond the minimum required for normal metabolism and reproduction of the parental or wild-type strain <auxotrophic bacterial mutants>—compare prototrophic




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