paratrophic

paratrophic

[par-uh-trof-ik, -troh-fik]
adjective
obtaining nourishment from living organic matter; parasitic.

Origin:
1855–60; para-1 + -trophic

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paratrophic par·a·troph·ic (pār'ə-trŏf'ĭk, -trō'fĭk)
adj.
Deriving sustenance from living organic material.

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