autotrophic

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 compound for metabolic synthesis of organic molecules (as glucose) <
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compare heterotrophic 2. not requiring a specified exogenous factor for normal metabolismautotrophically adverbautotrophy noun

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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 …   Universalium

  • 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 — 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

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