• WordNet 3.6
    • adj autotrophic of or relating to organisms (as green plants) that can make complex organic nutritive compounds from simple inorganic sources by photosynthesis
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Autotrophic (Plant Physiol) Capable of self-nourishment; requiring only minerals for growth; using carbonate or carbon dioxide as a source of carbon and simple inorganic nitrogen as a nitrogen source; -- said of all plants in which photosynthetic activity takes place, and certain bacteria. It is opposed to parasitism or saprophytism.
    • Autotrophic of or pertaining to an autotroph.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • autotrophic Self-nourishing: said of plants which derive their nourishment directly from inorganic matter, that is, of all plants except parasites and saprophytes. See the quotation under hemiparasite and compare holophytic.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Auto-, + trophic,


In literature:

But the general significance of the term "autotrophic plants" is apparent.
"The Chemistry of Plant Life" by Roscoe Wilfred Thatcher

In science:

Amaral and Meyer [108] considered a hierarchical food web which was assumed to be organized into trophic levels; a species in level ℓ feeds on some species at the level ℓ − 1 (except for those at ℓ = 1 which are autotrophic).
Evolutionary ecology in-silico: Does mathematical modelling help in understanding the "generic" trends?