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 (hĕt′ər-ə-trŏf′, -trōf′)
An organism that is dependent on complex organic substances for nutrition because it cannot synthesize its own food.

het′er·o·troph′ic adj.
het′er·o·troph′i·cal·ly adv.
het′er·ot′ro·phy (-ə-rŏt′rə-fē) n.


(Biology) (of organisms, such as animals) obtaining carbon for growth and energy from complex organic compounds. Compare autotrophic
[C20: from hetero- + Greek trophikos concerning food, from trophē nourishment]
ˈheteroˌtroph n


Relating to an organism that cannot manufacture its own food and instead obtains its food and energy by taking in organic substances, usually plant or animal matter. All animals, protozoans, fungi, and most bacteria are heterotrophic. ♦ An organism that consumes organic matter or other organisms for food is called a heterotroph (hĕt′ər-ə-trŏf′). Compare autotrophic.
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Adj.1.heterotrophic - requiring organic compounds of carbon and nitrogen for nourishment; "most animals are heterotrophic"
phytology, botany - the branch of biology that studies plants
autophytic, autotrophic - of or relating to organisms (as green plants) that can make complex organic nutritive compounds from simple inorganic sources by photosynthesis
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1 mL) of melted ice water were plated onto standard plate count agar and incubated at 35[degrees]C for 48 hours to determine the heterotrophic plate count (HPC) (Bartram, Cotruvo, Exner, Fricker, & Glasmacher, 2004).
This, he says, is done by direct monitoring of inhibition of cell growth and inhibition of microbial functional group activities such as the ability to reduce sulphate and generate sulphide by sulphate reducing bacteria (SRB), reduce nitrate to nitrite by heterotrophic nitrate reducing bacteria (hNRB) and oxidation of sulphide and reduction of nitrate by sulphide oxidizing, nitrate reducing bacteria( so-NRB) using CSB-K medium.
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