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Related to heterotroph: heterotroph hypothesis
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.
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het•er•o•troph(ˈhɛt ər əˌtrɒf, -ˌtroʊf)
an organism requiring organic compounds for its principal source of food. Compare autotroph.
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An organism that obtains food by feeding on other organisms, e.g. animals, fungi.
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