troph·​o·​gen·​ic | \ ¦träfə¦jenik \

Definition of trophogenic

1 : brought about by or resulting from differences in food or feeding rather than genetically determined the various castes of social insects are usually held to be trophogenic in origin — compare blastogenic
2 or less commonly trophogenous \ trōˈfäjənəs \ [troph- + -genous] : of, relating to, or being the upper level in a lake in which inorganic matter is converted to organic through photosynthetic activity — compare tropholytic

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First Known Use of trophogenic

1922, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for trophogenic

troph- + -genic

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“Trophogenic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Oct. 2020.

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