- requiring dead organic matter for food.
Origin of metatrophic
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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
- Of or relating to the ability to undertake anabolism.
- Of or relating to the ability to obtain nourishment from varied sources, as from nitrogenous and carbonaceous organic matter.
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