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Related to holophytic: Holophytic nutrition, holozoic


An organism that produces its own food through photosynthesis.

hol′o·phyt′ic (-fĭt′ĭk) adj.
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(Botany) (of plants) capable of synthesizing their food from inorganic molecules, esp by photosynthesis
holophyte n
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(ˌhɒl əˈfɪt ɪk, ˌhoʊ lə-)

(of a plant) obtaining energy by synthesizing inorganic substances; autotrophic.
[1880–85; holo- + -phytic; see -phyte, -ic]
hol′o•phyte` (-ˌfaɪt) n.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.holophytic - obtaining nourishment as green plants do
holozoic - obtaining nourishment as animals do by ingesting complex organic matter
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[ˌhɒləˈfɪtɪk] adjolofitico/a
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