autotroph

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auto- +‎ -troph

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autotroph (plural autotrophs)

  1. (ecology) Any organism that can synthesize its food from inorganic substances, using heat or light as a source of energy.
    • 2013 March 1, Harold J. Morowitz, “The Smallest Cell”, in American Scientist[1], volume 101, number 2, page 83:
      It is likely that the long evolutionary trajectory of Mycoplasma went from a reductive autotroph to oxidative heterotroph to a cell-wall–defective degenerate parasite. This evolutionary trajectory assumes the simplicity to complexity route of biogenesis, a point of view that is not universally accepted.

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autotroph (not comparable)

  1. (biology) autotrophic

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