a combining form with the meanings “having nutritional habits or requirements” of the kind specified by the initial element (autotrophic), “affecting the activity of, maintaining” that specified (gonadotrophic) (in this sense often interchangeable with -tropic); also forming adjectives corresponding to nouns ending in -troph or -trophy (hypertrophic).
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Origin of -trophic
see origin at trophic
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Of, relating to, or characterized by a specified kind of nutrition:organotrophic.
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