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heterotroph

[het-er-uh-trof, -trohf] /ˈhɛt ər əˌtrɒf, -ˌtroʊf/
noun
1.
Biology. an organism requiring organic compounds for its principal source of food.
Compare autotroph.
Origin
1895-1900
1895-1900; hetero- + -troph
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Word Origin and History for heterotroph
n.

1900, from hetero- + Greek trophos "feeder" (see -trophy). Related: Heterotrophic (1893).

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heterotroph in Medicine

heterotroph het·er·o·troph (hět'ər-ə-trŏf', -trōf')
n.
An organism that cannot synthesize its own food and is dependent upon complex organic substances for nutrition.


het'er·o·troph'ic (-trŏf'ĭk, -trō'fĭk) adj.
het'er·ot'ro·phy (-ə-rŏt'rə-fē) n.
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heterotroph in Science
heterotroph
  (hět'ər-ə-trŏf')   
An organism that cannot manufacture its own food and instead obtains its food and energy by taking in organic substances, usually plant or animal matter. All animals, protozoans, fungi, and most bacteria are heterotrophs. Compare autotroph.

heterotrophic adjective (hět'ər-ə-trŏf'ĭk)
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