Definition of heterotroph noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈhetərətrəʊf//
, BrE//ˈhetərətrɒf//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈhetərətrɑːf//
, NAmE//ˈhetərətrɔːf//
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a living thing that gets its food from the body of another living thing and does not make it from simpler substances compare autotroph Word Originearly 20th cent.: from hetero- ‘other’ + Greek trophos ‘feeder’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: heterotroph