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heterotrophic

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adjective het·ero·tro·phic \ˌhe-tə-rə-ˈtrō-fik\

Definition of heterotrophic

  1. :  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 play \-fi-k(ə-)lē\ adverb
het·ero·tro·phy play \ˌhe-tə-ˈrä-trə-fē, ˈhe-tə-rə-ˌtrō-\ noun


1893

First Known Use of heterotrophic

1893


Medical Dictionary

heterotrophic

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adjective het·ero·tro·phic \ˌhet-ə-rə-ˈtrō-fik\

Medical Definition of heterotrophic

  1. :  requiring complex organic compounds of nitrogen and carbon (as that obtained from plant or animal matter) for metabolic synthesis

  2. het·ero·tro·phi·cal·ly \-fi-k(ə-)lē\play adverb
    het·ero·tro·phism \-ˈtrō-ˌfiz-əm\play noun
    het·ero·tro·phy \ˌhet-ə-ˈrä-trə-fē\play noun, plural het·ero·tro·phies




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