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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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