Definition of chemoorganotrophy in US English:

chemoorganotrophy

(also chemorganotrophy)

noun

Biology
  • A form of chemotrophic nutrition in which biosynthesis requires the oxidation of one or more of a variety of organic compounds acting as electron donors.

Origin

1940s; earliest use found in Cold Spring Harbor Symposium on Quantitative Biology. From chemo- + organo- + -trophy. Compare chemolithotrophy and photoorganotrophy.