ad·​e·​no·​troph·​ic | \ ˌa-də-nˌō-¦trä-fik, ə-¦de-nə-, -¦trō-\

Definition of adenotrophic

: marked by retention of eggs within the mother until the larvae are hatched and nourished by special nutritive organs in the uterus used of a form of ovoviviparous development in certain dipterous insects

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First Known Use of adenotrophic

1936, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for adenotrophic

aden- + -trophic

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