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[hol-uh-fit-ik, hoh-luh-]
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  1. (of a plant) obtaining energy by synthesizing inorganic substances; autotrophic.
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Origin of holophytic

1880–85; holo- + -phytic; see -phyte, -ic
Related formshol·o·phyte [hol-uh-fahyt, hoh-luh-] /ˈhɒl əˌfaɪt, ˈhoʊ lə-/, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for holophyte


  1. (of plants) capable of synthesizing their food from inorganic molecules, esp by photosynthesis
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Derived Formsholophyte (ˈhɒləˌfaɪt), noun
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holophyte in Medicine


(hŏl′ō-fĭtĭk, hō′lō-)
  1. Not requiring the ingestion of exogenous organic substances for nutrition; obtaining nourishment in the manner of a green plant. Used of certain protozoans capable of photosynthesis.
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holophyte in Science


  1. An organism that produces its own food through photosynthesis.
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