[ proh-tuh-trof, -trohf ]
/ ˈproʊ təˌtrɒf, -ˌtroʊf /
a microorganism that has the same nutritional requirements as the parent organism.Compare auxotroph.
an organism or cell capable of synthesizing all its metabolites from inorganic material, requiring no organic nutrients.
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Origin of prototroph
First recorded in 1945–50; back formation from prototrophic
Words nearby prototroph
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Medical definitions for prototroph
[ prō′tə-trŏf′, -trōf′ ]
A bacterial strain that has the same nutritional requirements as the wild type strain from which it was derived.
Other words from prototrophpro′to•troph′ic (-trŏf′ĭk, -trō′fĭk) adj.
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