EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN adjective of or relating to nutrition; concerned in nutritive processes. Origin of trophic
First recorded in
is from the
pertaining to food. See
-ic Related forms troph·i·cal·ly, adverb 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).
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A nerve also exerts a
trophic influence on the tissues in which it is distributed.
There is also a
trophic differentiation, the fibres undertaking special functions of nutrition (the conduction of the sap).
Then at a somewhat higher level, self-differentiation, and the
trophic reaction to functional stimuli.
They are unaccompanied by any alteration in sensation, in the reflexes, or in the
In the higher animals and in primitive man, according to them, all
trophic actions entered consciousness and were regulated by it. British Dictionary definitions for trophic adjective of or relating to nutrition the trophic levels of a food chain Derived Forms trophically, 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 adj.
1873, from Greek
trophikos, from trophe "nourishment" (see -trophy).
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trophic [trŏf ′ĭk, trō ′fĭk] adj. Of, relating to, or characterized by nutrition. suff. Of, relating to, or characterized by a specified kind of nutrition: organotrophic.
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Relating to the feeding habits of different organisms in a food chain or web.
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