heterotrophic

adjective
het·​ero·​tro·​phic | \ ˌhe-tə-rə-ˈtrō-fik How to pronounce heterotrophic (audio) \

Definition of heterotrophic

: requiring complex organic compounds of nitrogen and carbon (such as that obtained from plant or animal matter) for metabolic synthesis — compare autotrophic

Other Words from heterotrophic

heterotrophically \ ˌhe-​tə-​rə-​ˈtrō-​fi-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce heterotrophically (audio) \ adverb
heterotrophy \ ˌhe-​tə-​ˈrä-​trə-​fē How to pronounce heterotrophy (audio) , ˈhe-​tə-​rə-​ˌtrō-​ How to pronounce heterotrophy (audio) \ noun

First Known Use of heterotrophic

1893, in the meaning defined above

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“Heterotrophic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/heterotrophic. Accessed 21 Oct. 2020.

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heterotrophic

adjective
het·​ero·​tro·​phic | \ ˌhet-ə-rə-ˈtrō-fik How to pronounce heterotrophic (audio) \

Medical Definition of heterotrophic

: requiring complex organic compounds of nitrogen and carbon (as that obtained from plant or animal matter) for metabolic synthesis

Other Words from heterotrophic

heterotrophically \ -​fi-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce heterotrophically (audio) \ adverb
heterotrophism \ -​ˈtrō-​ˌfiz-​əm How to pronounce heterotrophism (audio) \ noun
heterotrophy \ ˌhet-​ə-​ˈrä-​trə-​fē How to pronounce heterotrophy (audio) \ noun, plural heterotrophies

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