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

autotrophically

play \-fi-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

autotrophy

play \ȯ-ˈtä-trə-fē\ noun

Origin and Etymology of 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

autotrophically

play \-fi-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

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