heterotrophic


het·ero·tro·phic

adjective \ˌhe-tə-rə-ˈtrō-fik\

Definition of HETEROTROPHIC

:  requiring complex organic compounds of nitrogen and carbon (as that obtained from plant or animal matter) for metabolic synthesis — compare autotrophic
het·ero·tro·phi·cal·ly \-fi-k(ə-)lē\ adverb
het·ero·tro·phy \ˌhe-tə-ˈrä-trə-fē, ˈhe-tə-rə-ˌtrō-\ noun

First Known Use of HETEROTROPHIC

1893

het·ero·tro·phic

adjective \ˌhet-ə-rə-ˈtrō-fik\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of HETEROTROPHIC

: requiring complex organic compounds of nitrogen and carbon (as that obtained from plant or animal matter) for metabolic synthesis
het·ero·tro·phi·cal·ly \-fi-k(ə-)lē\ adverb
het·ero·tro·phism \-ˈtrō-ˌfiz-əm\ noun
het·ero·tro·phy \ˌhet-ə-ˈrä-trə-fē\ noun, plural het·ero·tro·phies

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