prototrophic

[proh-tuh-trof-ik, -troh-fik]
adjective
  1. (especially of certain bacteria) requiring only inorganic substances for growth.
  2. (of certain microorganisms) requiring no specific nutriments for growth.

Origin of prototrophic

First recorded in 1895–1900; proto- + -trophic
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British Dictionary definitions for prototrophic

prototrophic

adjective
  1. (esp of bacteria) feeding solely on inorganic matter
  2. (of cultured bacteria, fungi, etc) having no specific nutritional requirements
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