requiring dead organic matter for food.
Origin of metatrophic
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It is very probable that anarobes, exclusive of a few nitrogen absorbers, are metatrophic for all the elements they utilize.The Fundamentals of Bacteriology
Charles Bradfield Morrey
Of or relating to the ability to undertake anabolism.
Of or relating to the ability to obtain nourishment from varied sources, as from nitrogenous and carbonaceous organic matter.
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