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[awk-suh-trof, -trohf]
noun Biology.
  1. a mutant organism, especially a microorganism, that has a nutritional requirement not shared by the parent organism.Compare prototroph(def 1).
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Origin of auxotroph

1950–55; back formation from auxotrophic; see auxo-, trophic
Related formsaux·o·troph·ic, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for auxotroph


  1. a mutant strain of microorganism having nutritional requirements additional to those of the normal organism
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Derived Formsauxotrophic, adjective
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auxotroph in Medicine


(ôksə-trŏf′, -trōf′)
  1. A mutated microorganism having nutritional requirements that differ from those of unmutated microorganisms from the same strain.
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