[ trof-ik, troh-fik ]
/ ˈtrɒf ɪk, ˈtroʊ fɪk /


of or relating to nutrition; concerned in nutritive processes.

Origin of trophic

First recorded in 1870–75, trophic is from the Greek word trophikós pertaining to food. See tropho-, -ic
Related formstroph·i·cal·ly, adverb

Definition for trophic (2 of 2)


a combining form with the meanings “having nutritional habits or requirements” of the kind specified by the initial element (autotrophic), “affecting the activity of, maintaining” that specified (gonadotrophic) (in this sense often interchangeable with -tropic); also forming adjectives corresponding to nouns ending in -troph or -trophy (hypertrophic).

Origin of -trophic

see origin at trophic Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for trophic


/ (ˈtrɒfɪk) /


of or relating to nutritionthe trophic levels of a food chain
Derived Formstrophically, adverb

Word Origin for trophic

C19: from Greek trophikos, from trophē food, from trephein to feed
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Word Origin and History for trophic



1873, from Greek trophikos, from trophe "nourishment" (see -trophy).

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Medicine definitions for trophic (1 of 2)


[ trŏfĭk, trōfĭk ]


Of, relating to, or characterized by nutrition.

Medicine definitions for trophic (2 of 2)



Of, relating to, or characterized by a specified kind of nutrition:organotrophic.
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Science definitions for trophic


[ trŏfĭk ]

Relating to the feeding habits of different organisms in a food chain or web.
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