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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.
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Origin of prototrophic

First recorded in 1895–1900; proto- + -trophic
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Examples from the Web for prototrophic

Historical Examples of prototrophic

  • Thus arobes and facultative anarobes are prototrophic for O.

    The Fundamentals of Bacteriology

    Charles Bradfield Morrey

  • An organism which is capable of making use of an element in the free state is said to be prototrophic for that particular element.

    The Fundamentals of Bacteriology

    Charles Bradfield Morrey


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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