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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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