eutrophic

[ yoo-trof-ik, -troh-fik ]

adjective
  1. Medicine/Medical. relating to or being in a condition of eutrophy, or healthy or adequate nutrition or development.

  2. Ecology. (of a lake) characterized by an abundant accumulation of nutrients that support a dense growth of algae and other organisms, the decay of which depletes the shallow waters of oxygen in summer.: Compare oligotrophic.

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Origin of eutrophic

1
First recorded in 1880–85; eutroph(y) + -ic

Other words from eutrophic

  • eu·troph·i·ca·tion, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for eutrophic

eutrophic

/ (juːˈtrɒfɪk, -ˈtrəʊ-) /


adjective
  1. (of lakes and similar habitats) rich in organic and mineral nutrients and supporting an abundant plant life, which in the process of decaying depletes the oxygen supply for animal life: Compare oligotrophic

Origin of eutrophic

1
C18: probably from eutrophy, from Greek eutrophia sound nutrition, from eutrophos well-fed, from eu- + trephein to nourish

Derived forms of eutrophic

  • eutrophy, noun

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Scientific definitions for eutrophic

eutrophic

[ yōō-trŏfĭk, -trōfĭk ]


  1. Having waters rich in phosphates, nitrates, and organic nutrients that promote a proliferation of plant life, especially algae. Used of a lake, pond, or stream. Compare dystrophic oligotrophic.

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