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 (hŏl′ə-zō′ĭk, hō′lə-)
Obtaining nourishment by the ingestion of organic material. Used chiefly of protozoans.
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(Zoology) (of animals) obtaining nourishment by feeding on plants or other animals
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(ˌhɒl əˈzoʊ ɪk, ˌhoʊ lə-)

feeding on solid food particles in the manner of most animals.
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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.