Definition of paratrophic in English:

paratrophic

adjective

Biology Medicine
rare
  • Dependent upon living organic material for nutrition; obligately parasitic. Now rare.

Origin

Mid 19th century (in an earlier sense). From para- + -trophic. In sense 1, after paratrophy.

Pronunciation

paratrophic

/ˌparəˈtrəʊfɪk//ˌparəˈtrɒfɪk/