prototrophic


prototrophic
1. Pertaining to a prototroph. 2. Denoting the ability to undertake anabolism or to obtain nourishment from a single source, as with iron, sulfur, or nitrifying bacteria or photosynthesizing plants.

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pro·to·tro·phic .prōt-ə-'trō-fik adj
1) deriving nutriment from inorganic sources <\prototrophic bacteria>
2) not requiring specific nutritional substances for normal metabolism and reproduction: not differing from the wild type in nutritional requirements used esp. of bacteria and fungi <a yeast \prototrophic for uracil and leucine> compare auxotrophic
pro·tot·ro·phy prō-'tä-trə-fē n, pl -phies

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pro·to·tro·phic (pro″to-troґfik) having the same growth factor requirements as the ancestral or prototype strain; said of microbial mutants.

Medical dictionary. 2011.

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  • prototrophic — adjective Etymology: International Scientific Vocabulary Date: 1900 having the nutritional requirements of the normal or wild type • prototrophy noun …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • prototrophic — /proh teuh trof ik, troh fik/, adj. 1. (esp. of certain bacteria) requiring only inorganic substances for growth. 2. (of certain microorganisms) requiring no specific nutriments for growth. [1895 1900; PROTO + TROPHIC] * * * …   Universalium

  • prototrophic — adjective Of or pertaining to a prototroph or to prototrophy …   Wiktionary

  • prototrophic — adj. receiving nourishment from one source …   English contemporary dictionary

  • prototrophic — pro·to·trophic …   English syllables

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