Meaning of HETEROTROPHIC in English

HETEROTROPHIC

transcription, транскрипция: [ ˌhe-tə-rə-ˈtrō-fik ]

adjective

Date: 1893

: requiring complex organic compounds of nitrogen and carbon (as that obtained from plant or animal matter) for metabolic synthesis — compare autotrophic

• het·ero·tro·phi·cal·ly -fi-k(ə-)lē adverb

• het·ero·tro·phy ˌhe-tə-ˈrä-trə-fē, ˈhe-tə-rə-ˌtrō- noun

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.