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au·to·troph

 (ô′tə-trŏf′, -trōf′)
n.
An organism capable of synthesizing its own food from inorganic substances, using light or chemical energy. Green plants, algae, and certain bacteria are autotrophs.

au′to·troph′ic adj.
au′to·troph′i·cal·ly adv.
au·tot′ro·phy (ô-tŏt′rə-fē) n.

au•to•troph

(ˈɔ təˌtrɒf, -ˌtroʊf)

n.
any organism capable of self-nourishment by using inorganic materials as a source of nutrients and using photosynthesis or chemosynthesis as a source of energy, as most plants and certain bacteria and protists. Compare heterotroph.
[1935–40; see auto-, troph]
au`to•troph′ic, adj.

autotroph

Organism (e.g. plant) that can make its own food from simple inorganic molecules.
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Noun1.autotroph - plant capable of synthesizing its own food from simple organic substancesautotroph - plant capable of synthesizing its own food from simple organic substances
plant life, flora, plant - (botany) a living organism lacking the power of locomotion
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