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[hol-uh-zoh-ik, hoh-luh-]
adjective Biology.
  1. feeding on solid food particles in the manner of most animals.
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Origin of holozoic

1880–85; holo- + -zoic < Greek zōikós of animals, equivalent to zō(ḗ) life + -ikos -ic
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Examples from the Web for holozoic

Historical Examples of holozoic

  • Nutrition is holozoic, a deep groove leading down to a mouth and pharynx.

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 7, Slice 8


  • Chromatophores may or may not be present and food-taking is holozoic, in many cases at least.

British Dictionary definitions for holozoic


  1. (of animals) obtaining nourishment by feeding on plants or other animals
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holozoic in Medicine


(hŏl′ə-zōĭk, hō′lə-)
  1. Obtaining nourishment by the ingestion of organic material, as animals do. Used of certain protozoans.
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