poly·troph·ic | \¦pälē‧¦träfik, -lə̇‧¦t-\

Definition of polytrophic 

1 : deriving nourishment from more than one organic substance polytrophic pathogenic bacteria

2 : producing nutritive cells one of which is attached to each developing egg in the ovary used of an insect or the ovary of an insect — compare acrotrophic, panoistic

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poly- + -trophic

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