heterotroph (plural heterotrophs)
- (ecology) An organism which requires an external supply of energy in the form of food as it cannot synthesize its own.
- 2013 March 1, Harold J. Morowitz, “The Smallest Cell”, in American Scientist, 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.
heterotroph (not comparable)
Declension of heterotroph
- heterotroph in Duden online