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het·er·o·troph

 (hĕt′ər-ə-trŏf′, -trōf′)
n.
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.

het•er•o•troph

(ˈhɛt ər əˌtrɒf, -ˌtroʊf)

n.
an organism requiring organic compounds for its principal source of food. Compare autotroph.
[1895–1900]
het`er•o•troph′ic, adj.

heterotroph

An organism that obtains food by feeding on other organisms, e.g. animals, fungi.
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Noun1.heterotroph - an organism that depends on complex organic substances for nutrition
organism, being - a living thing that has (or can develop) the ability to act or function independently
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Reducing organic carbon might also be expected to reduce OPPP concentrations because all three of the species discussed herein are heterotrophs, requiring organic carbon for growth.
The two key processes in this cycle, primary production and consumption of organic material, are usually considered as being performed by different groups of organisms, autotrophs and heterotrophs.
Ostensibly, while the external surface of the shell is reduced by bioeroders such as cyanobacteria, green and red algae, and microendolithic heterotrophs (Vogel et al.
Fungi are heterotrophs requiring external sources of carbon for energy and cellular synthesis and they have adapted three different modes of nutrition to obtain this carbon, occurring as saprotrophs, necrotrophs and biotrophs.
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Fungi in the phylum Chytridiomycota have a nearly global distribution and occupy roles as heterotrophs and saprobes in water and soil (32).
Heterotrophs, on the other hand, (not that they had hands, of course) do not create their own food but rely on consuming other external foods to provide the energy to sustain their own life processes.
62), and are within the range of values cited by Payne (1970) for heterotrophs growing on hydrocarbon substrates (e.
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The impact of chemical additives on microbiological activity was studied by analysis of the samples every 30 days in order to detect the quantities of aerobic heterotrophs and HDMs.
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Chemically defined media were needed for the cultivation of heterotrophs by defining nutritional requirements.