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Related to heterotrophic: Heterotrophic Bacteria, Chemotrophic, heterotrophic ossification
An organism that is dependent on complex organic substances for nutrition because it cannot synthesize its own food.
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]
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"|