adjective troph·o·gen·ic \¦träfə¦jenik\

Definition of trophogenic

  1. 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. 2 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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Origin and Etymology of trophogenic

troph- + -genic

First Known Use: 1922

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a trip made at another's expense

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