[foh-tuh-trof, -trohf]

Origin of phototroph

First recorded in 1940–45; photo- + -troph
Related formspho·to·troph·ic, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for phototroph


  1. an organism that obtains energy from sunlight for the synthesis of organic compounds
Derived Formsphototrophic (ˌfəʊtəʊˈtrɒfɪk), adjective
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phototroph in Science


  1. An organism that manufactures its own food from inorganic substances using light for energy. Green plants, certain algae, and photosynthetic bacteria are phototrophs. Also called photoautotroph
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