Holophytic Hol`o*phyt"ic, a. [Holo + Gr.? a plant.] Wholly or distinctively vegetable. [1913 Webster]

{Holophytic nutrition}, that form of nutrition, characteristic of vegetable organisms, in which carbonic acid, ammonia, and nitrates are absorbed as food, in distinction from the animal mode of nutrition, by the ingestion of albuminous matter. [1913 Webster]

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  • holophytic — [häl΄ōfit′ik, hō′ləfit′ik] adj. [ HOLO + PHYT(E) + IC] obtaining nutrition by photosynthesis, as do green plants and some bacteria …   English World dictionary

  • holophytic — Having a plantlike mode of obtaining nourishment; denoting certain photosynthesizing protozoans, e.g., Euglena. [holo + G. phyton, plant] * * * ho·lo·phyt·ic fit ik adj obtaining food after the manner of a green plant: PHOTOAUTOTROPHIC… …   Medical dictionary

  • holophytic — adjective Date: 1885 obtaining food after the manner of a green plant by photosynthetic activity …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • holophytic — holophyte /hol euh fuyt , hoh leuh /, n. /hol euh fit ik, hoh leuh /, adj. (of a plant) obtaining energy by synthesizing inorganic substances; autotrophic. [1880 85; HOLO + phytic; see PHYTE, IC] * * * …   Universalium

  • holophytic — adjective That can obtain nutrition without the ingestion of food Ant: holozoic See Also: holophyte …   Wiktionary

  • holophytic — adj. producing organic compounds from inorganic substances …   English contemporary dictionary

  • holophytic — [ˌhɒlə(ʊ) fɪtɪk] adjective Biology able to photosynthesize …   English new terms dictionary

  • holophytic — hol·o·phyt·ic …   English syllables

  • holophytic — hol•o•phyt•ic [[t]ˌhɒl əˈfɪt ɪk, ˌhoʊ lə [/t]] adj. bot (of a plant) obtaining energy by synthesizing inorganic substances; autotrophic • Etymology: 1880–85; holo + phytic; see phyte, ic hol′o•phyte ˌfaɪt n …   From formal English to slang

  • holophytic — /hɒləˈfɪtɪk/ (say holuh fitik) adjective obtaining nutriment by the synthesisation of inorganic substances, in the manner of green plants. {holo + phyt(e) + ic} …   Australian English dictionary

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