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metatrophic

[met-uh-trof-ik, -troh-fik] /ˌmɛt əˈtrɒf ɪk, -ˈtroʊ fɪk/
adjective
1.
requiring dead organic matter for food.
Origin of metatrophic
1895-1900
First recorded in 1895-1900; meta- + trophic
Related forms
metatroph
[met-uh-trof, -trawf] /ˈmɛt əˌtrɒf, -ˌtrɔf/ (Show IPA),
noun
metatrophy
[muh-ta-truh-fee] /məˈtæ trə fi/ (Show IPA),
noun
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  • It is very probable that anarobes, exclusive of a few nitrogen absorbers, are metatrophic for all the elements they utilize.

    The Fundamentals of Bacteriology Charles Bradfield Morrey
metatrophic in Medicine

metatrophic met·a·troph·ic (mět'ə-trŏf'ĭk, -trō'fĭk)
adj.

  1. Of or relating to the ability to undertake anabolism.

  2. Of or relating to the ability to obtain nourishment from varied sources, as from nitrogenous and carbonaceous organic matter.

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