heterotroph

noun

het·​ero·​troph ˈhe-tə-rə-ˌtrōf How to pronounce heterotroph (audio)
-ˌträf
: a heterotrophic individual

Examples of heterotroph in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In other words, to turn a heterotroph into an autotroph for the purpose of consuming CO2. Alex Orlando, Discover Magazine, 27 Nov. 2019

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1900, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of heterotroph was circa 1900

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“Heterotroph.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/heterotroph. Accessed 25 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

heterotroph

noun
het·​ero·​troph ˈhet-ə-rə-ˌtrōf How to pronounce heterotroph (audio)
-ˌträf
: an organism (as an insect, bird, fish, or human being) that cannot make its own food and must obtain it by eating other animals or plants
heterotrophic
ˌhet-ə-rə-ˈtrōf-ik
adjective

Medical Definition

heterotroph

noun
het·​ero·​troph ˈhet-ə-rə-ˌtrōf, -ˌträf How to pronounce heterotroph (audio)
: a heterotrophic individual

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