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Definition of heterotrophic adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

heterotrophic

 adjective
adjective
BrE BrE//ˌhetərəˈtrəʊfɪk//
 
, BrE//ˈhetərəˈtrɒfɪk//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈhetərəˈtrɑːfɪk//
 
, NAmE//ˈhetərəˈtrɔːfɪk//
 
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(of a living thing) getting food from the body of another living thing and not by making it from simpler substances compare autotrophic