[trof-ik, troh-fik]

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for trophically


  1. 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 trophically



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

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trophically in Medicine


[trŏfĭk, trōfĭk]
  1. Of, relating to, or characterized by nutrition.
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trophically in Science


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