paratrophic

[ par-uh-trof-ik, -troh-fik ]
/ ˌpær əˈtrɒf ɪk, -ˈtroʊ fɪk /

adjective

obtaining nourishment from living organic matter; parasitic.

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Origin of paratrophic

First recorded in 1855–60; para-1 + -trophic
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Medicine definitions for paratrophic

paratrophic

[ păr′ə-trŏfĭk, -trōfĭk ]

adj.

Deriving sustenance from living organic material.

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