From Ancient Greek τροφικός (trophikós, “pertaining to food or nourishment”), from τροφή (trophḗ, “food”).
trophic (not comparable)
- Of or pertaining to nutrition
- (ecology) Describing the relationships between the feeding habits of organisms in a food chain
- (physiology) Of or pertaining to growth
In physiological sense, not to be confused with similar-sounding tropic – the words and concepts are unrelated.
- ^ “Trophic vs. Tropic”, Werner Steinberg, JAMA, May 3, 1952, 149(1), p. 82, doi:10.1001/jama.1952.02930180084027.