eu·​tro·​phic yü-ˈtrō-fik How to pronounce eutrophic (audio)
of a body of water
: characterized by the state resulting from eutrophication compare mesotrophic, oligotrophic
eutrophy noun

Examples of eutrophic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Because unrestored eutrophic lakes produce significant methane emissions, restoring lakes and recycling the sediments for agriculture could mean a net decrease in greenhouse gases reaching the atmosphere on an ecosystem scale, Kiani says. Bychristian Elliott,, 2 May 2023 But by the 1990s, the lake’s eutrophic conditions were leading to mass die-offs of fish and birds. Ian Jamesstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 5 Oct. 2022 The stated goal is to fix the 150-square-mile lake that has become a eutrophic soup filled with invasive organisms after a century of neglect. Brian Maffly, The Salt Lake Tribune, 17 Aug. 2022

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Word History


probably from German Eutroph eutrophic, from Greek eutrophos well-nourished, nourishing, from eu- + trephein to nourish

First Known Use

1928, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of eutrophic was in 1928

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Cite this Entry

“Eutrophic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Dec. 2023.

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