polytrophic

adjective

poly·​troph·​ic
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-lə̇‧¦t-
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

Word History

Etymology

poly- + -trophic

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“Polytrophic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/polytrophic. Accessed 15 Jul. 2024.

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