|eutrophic (juːˈtrɒfɪk, -ˈtrəʊ-)|
|Compare oligotrophic (of lakes and similar habitats) rich in organic and mineral nutrients and supporting an abundant plant life, which in the process of decaying depletes the oxygen supply for animal life|
|[C18: probably from eutrophy, from Greek eutrophia sound nutrition, from eutrophos well-fed, from |
eutrophic eu·troph·ic (yōō-trŏf'ĭk, -trō'fĭk)
Relating to, characterized by, or promoting eutrophia.
|eutrophication (y-trŏf'ĭ-kā'shən) Pronunciation Key
The process by which a lake, pond, or stream becomes eutrophic, typically as a result of mineral and organic runoff from the surrounding land. The increased growth of plants and algae that accompanies eutrophication depletes the dissolved oxygen content of the water and often causes a die-off of other organisms.