|Compare eutrophic (of lakes and similar habitats) poor in nutrients and plant life and rich in oxygen|
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oligotrophic [%PREMIUM_LINK%] (ŏl'ĭ-gō-trō'fĭk, -trŏf'ĭk, ō'lĭ-) Pronunciation Key |
Lacking in plant nutrients such as phosphates, nitrates, and organic matter, and consequently having few plants and a large amount of dissolved oxygen throughout. Used of a lake, pond, or stream. Compare dystrophic, eutrophic.