oligotrophic
adjective Etymology: International Scientific Vocabulary Date: 1928 having a deficiency of plant nutrients that is usually accompanied by an abundance of dissolved oxygen <
clear oligotrophic lakes
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  • oligotrophic — [äl΄i gōträf′ik, äl΄i gōtrō′fik] adj. [ OLIGO + TROPHIC] designating or of a lake, pond, etc. poor in plant nutrient minerals and organisms and usually rich in oxygen at all depths: see also MESOTROPHIC oligotrophy [äl΄ə gät′rə fē] n …   English World dictionary

  • Oligotrophic — An oligotrophic ecosystem or environment is one that offers little to sustain life. The term is commonly utilised to describe bodies of water or soils with very low nutrient levels. It derives etymologically from the Greek oligo (small, little,… …   Wikipedia

  • oligotrophic — 1) adjective for oligotrophy 2) an organism requiring only a small nutrient supply or a narrow range of nutrients …   Dictionary of ichthyology

  • oligotrophic — adj. [Gr. oligos, few; trophe, food] Pertaining to freshwater bodies poor in plant nutrients and unproductive …   Dictionary of invertebrate zoology

  • oligotrophic — /ol i goh trof ik, troh fik/, adj. Ecol. (of a lake) characterized by a low accumulation of dissolved nutrient salts, supporting but a sparse growth of algae and other organisms, and having a high oxygen content owing to the low organic content.… …   Universalium

  • oligotrophic — adjective a) being deficient in nutrition b) being deficient in plant nutrients, such as nitrogen or phosphorus Ant: eutrophic See Also: oligotrophy …   Wiktionary

  • oligotrophic — ol·i·go·tro·phic (ol″ĭ go troґfik) [oligo + trophic] able to live in a nutrient poor environment; said of bacteria and other microorganisms …   Medical dictionary

  • oligotrophic — [ˌɒlɪgə(ʊ) trəʊfɪk, trɒfɪk] adjective Ecology (of a body of water) relatively poor in plant nutrients and containing abundant oxygen in the deeper parts. Derivatives oligotrophy noun …   English new terms dictionary

  • oligotrophic — ol·i·go·troph·ic …   English syllables

  • oligotrophic — ol•i•go•troph•ic [[t]ˌɒl ɪ goʊˈtrɒf ɪk, ˈtroʊ fɪk[/t]] adj. ecl (of a lake or pond) having low levels of nutrients and high levels of dissolved oxygen • Etymology: 1925–30 ol i•got′ro•phy ˈgɒ trə fi n …   From formal English to slang

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