from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In biology, of or pertaining to the growth or bending of organisms in relation to a source of food; exhibiting trophotropism.
  • In botany, exhibiting or characterized by trophotropism.

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  • adj. of or relating to trophotropism


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  • W. R. Hess Nobel laureate used the terms ergotropic and trophotropic to distinguish between the roles of the sympathetic and parasympathetic systems of the autonomic nervous system as they interact with psychological processes and physical responses to adapt to the demands of the environment.


  • Clearly, in the competition between ergotropic and trophotropic systems the former forfeits some of its influence on the organism as a whole in favour of an excess of the latter.

    Walter Hess - Nobel Lecture

  • Important, too, is the establishment that there is no evidence in the trophotropic zone of a central organization corresponding to particular organs.

    Walter Hess - Nobel Lecture

  • Since we give these related effects a common denominator in their functional aspect, the term "trophotropic system" is appropriate.

    Walter Hess - Nobel Lecture

  • We take a step forward, when we turn our attention to the observations from which it emerges that reciprocal mutual connections operate between the sympathetic-ergotropic and the parasympathetic-trophotropic areas, indeed in the sense that at each moment they produce a dynamic equilibrium adapted to the situation at any given moment of the organism as a whole.

    Walter Hess - Nobel Lecture

  • As good as normal spell check is, in the face of such odd and specialized vocabulary that you get in medical school (i.e. postganglionic, synaptobrevin, trophotropic, ethanolamine) my pages end up so littered with red that I normally cant find the words that are really misspelled, nor can it help me with most.

    The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW)

  • Scientists have identified two major metabolic pathways—the ergotropic mode (that’s the work mode) and the trophotropic (that’s the vacation mode).

    Jumpstart Your Metabolism


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