holozoic


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hol·o·zo·ic

 (hŏl′ə-zō′ĭk, hō′lə-)
adj.
Obtaining nourishment by the ingestion of organic material. Used chiefly of protozoans.

holozoic

(ˌhɒləˈzəʊɪk)
adj
(Zoology) (of animals) obtaining nourishment by feeding on plants or other animals

hol•o•zo•ic

(ˌhɒl əˈzoʊ ɪk, ˌhoʊ lə-)

adj.
feeding on solid food particles in the manner of most animals.
[1880–85]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.holozoic - obtaining nourishment as animals do by ingesting complex organic matter
holophytic - obtaining nourishment as green plants do
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In such activated sludge, both saprozites (bacteria, fungi, and flagellates) and holozoic organisms (bacteriophages and predators--free-floating and attached infusoria) are present.
Phagotrophic feeding and its importance to the life cycle of the holozoic dinoflagellate, Gymnodinium fungiforme.