holozoic


holozoic
Animal-like in mode of obtaining nourishment, lacking photosynthetic capacity; denoting certain protozoans, in distinction to others that are holophytic. [holo- + G. zoon, animal]

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ho·lo·zo·ic .hō-lə-'zō-ik, .häl-ə- adj characterized by food procurement after the manner of most animals by the ingestion of complex organic matter <\holozoic nutrition> <\holozoic herbivores and carnivores> compare HOLOPHYTIC

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holo·zo·ic (hōl″o-zoґik) [holo- + zoic] having a type of nutrition or feeding resembling that of an animal, such as ingestion of whole organisms or relatively large particles. Called also phagotrophic. Cf. holophytic and saprozoic.

Medical dictionary. 2011.

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  • holozoic — [häl΄ə zō′ik, hō΄ləzō′ik] adj. [ HOLO + ZO + IC] ingesting and using complex organic material as food, as most animals …   English World dictionary

  • holozoic — adjective Date: 1885 characterized by food procurement after the manner of most animals by the ingestion of complex organic matter < holozoic nutrition > …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • holozoic — adjective obtaining nourishment as animals do by ingesting complex organic matter • Ant: ↑holophytic * * * |hälō|zōik, |hōl adjective Etymology: hol + zoic : obtaining food after the manner of most animals by ingesting complex organic matter :… …   Useful english dictionary

  • holozoic — adj. [Gr. holos, whole; zoon, animal] Obtaining organic food materials by active ingestion of organisms or particles …   Dictionary of invertebrate zoology

  • holozoic — /hol euh zoh ik, hoh leuh /, adj. Biol. feeding on solid food particles in the manner of most animals. [1880 85; HOLO + zoic < Gk zoikós of animals, equiv. to zo(é) life + ikos IC] * * * …   Universalium

  • holozoic — adjective Obtaining nutrition, as most animals, by the ingestion of organic matter. Syn: heterotrophic …   Wiktionary

  • holozoic — adj. obtaining nutrients from other organisms or organic matter (Biology) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • holozoic — hol·o·zo·ic …   English syllables

  • holozoic — hol•o•zo•ic [[t]ˌhɒl əˈzoʊ ɪk, ˌhoʊ lə [/t]] adj. ecl feeding on solid food particles in the manner of most animals • Etymology: 1880–85 …   From formal English to slang

  • holozoic — /hɒləˈzoʊɪk/ (say holuh zohik) adjective feeding on organisms or on solid matter derived from them, in the manner of most animals. {holo + zo(a) + ic} …   Australian English dictionary


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