Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An organism that cannot synthesize its own food and is dependent on complex organic substances for nutrition.

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  • n. An organism which requires an external supply of energy in the form of food as it cannot synthesize its own.

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  • n. an organism that depends on complex organic substances for nutrition

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

hetero- + Greek trophos, feeder; see -trophy.

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hetero- + -troph

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