autotrophic


au·to·tro·phic

adj \ˌt-ə-ˈtrō-fik\

Definition of AUTOTROPHIC

1
: needing only carbon dioxide or carbonates as a source of carbon and a simple inorganic nitrogen compound for metabolic synthesis
2
: not requiring a specified exogenous factor for normal metabolism
au·to·tro·phi·cal·ly \-fi-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

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