One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An organism that is able to form nutritional organic substances from simple inorganic substances such as carbon dioxide.Compare with heterotroph
- ‘It is a true autotroph and uses only two sources for its metabolism: carbon dioxide as its source for carbon and hydrogen as an energy source.’
- ‘Because they interact with light to absorb only certain wavelengths, pigments are useful to plants and other autotrophs - organisms which make their own food using photosynthesis.’
- ‘The kelps are an important group of marine autotrophs that has left little or nothing in the way of a direct fossil record.’
- ‘Plants are autotrophs, self-nourishing life forms.’
- ‘These developmental differences between autotrophs and parasites suggest that the functions of photoreceptors differ among autotrophs, hemiparasites, and holoparasites.’
- ‘Since plants and other photosynthetic organisms can produce many of their own nutrition requirements they are known as autotrophs.’
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