met atrophy

metatrophic

[met-uh-trof-ik, -troh-fik]
adjective
requiring dead organic matter for food.

Origin:
1895–1900; meta- + trophic

metatroph [met-uh-trof, -trawf] , noun
metatrophy [muh-ta-truh-fee] , noun
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metatrophic met·a·troph·ic (mět'ə-trŏf'ĭk, -trō'fĭk)
adj.

  1. Of or relating to the ability to undertake anabolism.

  2. Of or relating to the ability to obtain nourishment from varied sources, as from nitrogenous and carbonaceous organic matter.

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