Al`lo*troph"ic (?), a. [Gr. &?; other + trophic.]

(a) (Physiol.)

Changed or modified in nutritive power by the process of digestion.

(b) (Plant Physiol.)

Dependent upon other organisms for nutrition; heterotrophic; -- said of plants unable to perform photosynthesis, as all saprophytes; -- opposed to autotrophic.

 

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