mesotrophic

adjective
me·​so·​tro·​phic | \ ˌme-zə-ˈtrō-fik How to pronounce mesotrophic (audio) , ˌmē-, -sə-, -ˈträ-fik \

Definition of mesotrophic

of a body of water
: having a moderate amount of dissolved nutrients — compare eutrophic, oligotrophic

Examples of mesotrophic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This leaves the deep-water mesotrophic reefs—which are less likely to suffer from bleaching and may be critical for reef recovery—under-studied. Jessica Wynne Lockhart, Smithsonian, "Massive Citizen Science Effort Seeks to Survey the Entire Great Barrier Reef," 17 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of mesotrophic

1911, in the meaning defined above

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“Mesotrophic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mesotrophic. Accessed 5 Dec. 2020.

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