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photoautotroph

[ foh-toh-aw-tuh-trof, -trohf ]

noun

, Biology.
  1. any organism that derives its energy for food synthesis from light and is capable of using carbon dioxide as its principal source of carbon.


photoautotroph

/ fō′tō-ôtə-trŏf′,-trōf′ /

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Other Words From

  • photo·auto·trophic adjective

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Word History and Origins

Origin of photoautotroph1

First recorded in 1945–50; photo- + autotroph

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