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phototroph

[ foh-tuh-trof, -trohf ]
/ ˈfoʊ təˌtrɒf, -ˌtroʊf /
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noun Biology.
any organism that uses light as its principal source of energy.
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Origin of phototroph

First recorded in 1940–45; photo- + -troph

OTHER WORDS FROM phototroph

pho·to·troph·ic, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for phototroph

phototroph
/ (ˈfəʊtəʊˌtrɒf) /

noun
an organism that obtains energy from sunlight for the synthesis of organic compounds

Derived forms of phototroph

phototrophic (ˌfəʊtəʊˈtrɒfɪk), adjective
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Scientific definitions for phototroph

phototroph
[ fōtə-trŏf′ ]

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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