autotrophic

adjective
au·​to·​tro·​phic | \ˌȯ-tə-ˈtrō-fik \

Definition of autotrophic 

1 : requiring only carbon dioxide or carbonates as a source of carbon and a simple inorganic nitrogen compound for metabolic synthesis of organic molecules (such as glucose) autotrophic plants — compare heterotrophic

2 : not requiring a specified exogenous factor for normal metabolism

Other Words from autotrophic

autotrophically \ -​fi-​k(ə-​)lē \ adverb
autotrophy \ ȯ-​ˈtä-​trə-​fē \ noun

First Known Use of autotrophic

1893, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for autotrophic

probably from German autotroph, from Greek autotrophos supplying one's own food, from aut- + trephein to nourish

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autotrophic

adjective
au·​to·​tro·​phic | \ˌȯt-ə-ˈtrō-fik \

Medical 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

Other Words from autotrophic

autotrophically \ -​fi-​k(ə-​)lē \ adverb

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