[ het-er-uh-trof-ik, -troh-fik ]
/ ˌhɛt ər əˈtrɒf ɪk, -ˈtroʊ fɪk /
capable of utilizing only organic materials as a source of food.
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Examples from the Web for heterotrophic
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
British Dictionary definitions for heterotrophic
/ (ˌhɛtərəʊˈtrɒfɪk) /
(of organisms, such as animals) obtaining carbon for growth and energy from complex organic compoundsCompare autotrophic
Derived Formsheterotroph, noun
Word Origin for heterotrophic
C20: from hetero- + Greek trophikos concerning food, from trophē nourishment
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Science definitions for heterotrophic
[ hĕt′ər-ə-trŏf′ ]
An organism that cannot manufacture its own food and instead obtains its food and energy by taking in organic substances, usually plant or animal matter. All animals, protozoans, fungi, and most bacteria are heterotrophs. Compare autotroph.
Related formsheterotrophic adjective (hĕt′ər-ə-trŏf′ĭk)
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