[ 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.
Origin of prototroph
First recorded in 1945–50; back formation from prototrophic
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Medicine 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.
Related formspro′to•troph′ic (-trŏf′ĭk, -trō′fĭk) adj.
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