adjective Date: 1885 obtaining food after the manner of a green plant by photosynthetic activity

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  • 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,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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 — 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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