[ foh-tuh-trof, -trohf ]
/ ˈfoʊ təˌtrɒf, -ˌtroʊf /
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any organism that uses light as its principal source of energy.
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OTHER WORDS FROM phototrophpho·to·troph·ic, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for phototroph
/ (ˈfəʊtəʊˌtrɒf) /
an organism that obtains energy from sunlight for the synthesis of organic compounds
Derived forms of phototrophphototrophic (ˌfəʊtəʊˈtrɒfɪk), adjective
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Scientific definitions for phototroph
[ fō′tə-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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