- autotrophic [ôt΄ō träf′ik]adj.making its own food by photosynthesis, as a green plant does, or by chemosynthesis, as any of certain bacteria do: cf. HETEROTROPHICautotroph [ôt΄ōträf΄]n.autotrophicallyadv.
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Autotrophic — Au to*troph ic, a. [Auto + trophic.] (Plant Physiol.) Capable of self nourishment; requiring only minerals for growth; using carbonate or carbon dioxide as a source of carbon and simple inorganic nitrogen as a nitrogen source; said of all plants… … The Collaborative International Dictionary of English
autotrophic — [ôt΄ō träf′ik] adj. [ AUTO + TROPHIC] making its own food by photosynthesis, as a green plant does, or by chemosynthesis, as any of certain bacteria do: cf. HETEROTROPHIC autotroph [ôt΄ōträf΄] n. autotrophically adv … English World dictionary
autotrophic — adjective Etymology: probably from German autotroph, from Greek autotrophos supplying one s own food, from aut + trephein to nourish Date: 1893 1. requiring only carbon dioxide or carbonates as a source of carbon and a simple inorganic nitrogen… … New Collegiate Dictionary
autotrophic — 1. Self nourishing. The ability of an organism to produce food from inorganic compounds. 2. Pertaining to an autotroph. * * * au·to·tro·phic .ȯt ə trō fik adj 1) needing only carbon dioxide or carbonates as a source of carbon and a simple… … Medical dictionary
autotrophic — lithotrophic; adj. describing organisms (known as autotrophs) that synthesize their organic materials from carbon dioxide and nitrates or ammonium compounds, using an external source of energy. Photoautotrophic organisms, including green plants… … The new mediacal dictionary
autotrophic — adj. [Gr. autos, self; trophein, to nourish] Capable of synthesizing all substances needed for nutrition from inorganic food substances; see heterotroph … Dictionary of invertebrate zoology
autotrophic — adjective Of or pertaining to the production of organic compounds from carbon dioxide as a carbon source, using either light or reactions of inorganic chemical compounds, as a source of energy … Wiktionary
autotrophic — adj. able to synthesize food (Biology) … English contemporary dictionary
autotrophic — au·to·troph·ic … English syllables
autotrophic — /ɔtəˈtrɒfɪk/ (say awtuh trofik), / ˈtroʊfɪk/ (say trohfik) adjective (of an organism) independent of an external source of organic carbon for provision of material for obtaining energy, being able to manufacture it entirely from inorganic… … Australian English dictionary