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autotrophic

/ (ˌɔːtəˈtrɒfɪk) /
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adjective

(of organisms such as green plants) capable of manufacturing complex organic nutritive compounds from simple inorganic sources such as carbon dioxide, water, and nitrates, using energy from the sunCompare heterotrophic

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autotroph (ˈɔːtətrəʊf), noun
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  • Should the compound be inorganic, the term autotrophic is applied to the organism and heterotrophic if the compound is organic.

    The Fundamentals of Bacteriology|Charles Bradfield Morrey
  • But the general significance of the term "autotrophic plants" is apparent.

    The Chemistry of Plant Life|Roscoe Wilfred Thatcher
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