(= lithotroph)
Organisms that synthesize all their organic molecules from inorganic materials (carbon dioxide, salts etc.). May be photo-autotrophs or chemo-autotrophs, depending upon the source of the energy. Also known as lithotrophic organisms.

Dictionary of molecular biology. 2004.

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  • autotroph — noun Any organism that can synthesize its food from inorganic substances, using heat or light as a source of energy …   Wiktionary

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