adjective Etymology: probably from German Eutroph eutrophic, from Greek eutrophos well-nourished, nourishing, from eu- + trephein to nourish Date: 1928 of a body of water characterized by the state resulting from eutrophication — compare mesotrophic, oligotrophiceutrophy noun

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  • eutrophic — [yo͞o träf′ik, yo͞otrō′fik] adj. [ EU + TROPHIC] designating or of a body of water, esp. a lake or pond, rich in nutrients which cause excessive growth of aquatic plants, esp. algae: the resulting bacteria consume nearly all the oxygen, esp.… …   English World dictionary

  • eutrophic — 1. adjective a) being rich in nutrients and minerals and therefore having an excessive growth of algae and thus a diminished oxygen content to the detriment of other organisms b) promoting nutrition Ant: oligotrophic 2. noun …   Wiktionary

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  • eutrophic — (u trof ik) A nutrient enriched environment …   Dictionary of microbiology

  • eutrophic — eutrophication, n. /yooh trof ik, troh fik/, adj. 1. Med. pertaining to or being in a condition of eutrophy. 2. Ecol. (of a lake) characterized by an abundant accumulation of nutrients that support a dense growth of algae and other organisms, the …   Universalium

  • eutrophic — Relating to, characterized by, or promoting eutrophia …   Medical dictionary

  • eutrophic — adj. promoting proper development, pertaining to proper nutrition …   English contemporary dictionary

  • eutrophic — [ju: trəʊfɪk, trɒfɪk] adjective Ecology (of a body of water) rich in nutrients and so supporting a dense plant population, the decomposition of which kills animal life by depriving it of oxygen. Derivatives eutrophicate verb eutrophication noun… …   English new terms dictionary

  • eutrophic — eu·troph·ic …   English syllables

  • eutrophic — eu•troph•ic [[t]yuˈtrɒf ɪk, ˈtroʊ fɪk[/t]] adj. ecl (of a lake) characterized by an abundant accumulation of nutrients that support a dense growth of algae, the decay of which depletes the shallow waters of oxygen in summer • Etymology: 1930–35;… …   From formal English to slang

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