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heterotroph (hĕt´ərətrōf´), living organism that obtains its energy from carbohydrates and other organic material. All animals and most bacteria and fungi are heterotrophic. In contrast, autotrophs are organisms that use inorganic substances as energy sources and carbon dioxide as a carbon source.

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heterotroph

heterotroph An organism that is unable to manufacture its own food from simple chemical compounds and, therefore, consumes other organisms, living or dead, as its main or sole source of carbon. Often, single-celled autotrophs (e.g. Euglena) become heterotrophic in the absence of light.

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MICHAEL ALLABY. "heterotroph." A Dictionary of Plant Sciences. 1998. Retrieved April 29, 2016 from Encyclopedia.com: http://www.encyclopedia.com/doc/1O7-heterotroph.html

heterotroph

heterotroph An organism that is unable to manufacture its own food from simple chemical compounds and therefore consumes other organisms, living or dead, as its main or sole source of carbon. Often, single-celled autotrophs (e.g. Euglena) become heterotrophic in the absence of light.

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MICHAEL ALLABY. "heterotroph." A Dictionary of Ecology. 2004. Encyclopedia.com. 29 Apr. 2016 <http://www.encyclopedia.com>.

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heterotroph

heterotroph An organism that is unable to manufacture its own food from simple chemical compounds and therefore consumes other organisms, living or dead, as its main or sole source of carbon. Compare AUTOTROPH.

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