paratrophic

[par-uh-trof-ik, -troh-fik]

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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