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Having a plantlike mode of obtaining nourishment; denoting certain photosynthesizing protozoans, for example, Euglena.
[holo- + G. phyton, plant]
holophytic/holo·phyt·ic/ (hōl″o-fit´ik) obtaining food like a plant; said of certain protozoa.
holophytic(of plants) using the energy of the sun to synthesize organic compounds by means of chlorophyll. see AUTOTROPH.
one of the three forms of nutrition in Mastigophora (protozoa). It comprises the synthesis of simple carbohydrates from carbon dioxide and water by chlorophyll contained in chloroplasts.