prototrophic

prototrophic

[proh-tuh-trof-ik, -troh-fik]
adjective
1.
(especially of certain bacteria) requiring only inorganic substances for growth.
2.
(of certain microorganisms) requiring no specific nutriments for growth.

Origin:
1895–1900; proto- + -trophic

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prototrophic (ˌprəʊtəˈtrɒfɪk)
 
adj
1.  (esp of bacteria) feeding solely on inorganic matter
2.  (of cultured bacteria, fungi, etc) having no specific nutritional requirements

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