chemotrophic


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chemotrophic

 [ke″mo-trōf´ik]
deriving energy from the oxidation of organic (chemo-organotrophic) or inorganic (chemolithotrophic) compounds; said of bacteria.

chemotrophic

/che·mo·tro·phic/ (ke″mo-tro´fik) deriving energy from the oxidation of organic (chemo-organotrophic) or inorganic (chemolithotrophic) compounds; said of bacteria.

chemotrophic

see CHEMOAUTOTROPHIC.

chemotrophic

deriving energy from the oxidation of organic (chemo-organotrophic) or inorganic (chemolithotrophic) compounds; said of bacteria.
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Recently there has been serious consideration for the chemotrophic origin of life, and at the present time the scientific community is split between these two views.
How do phototrophic and chemotrophic (or heterotrophic) soil organisms differ in the way they get their energy for growth?
Photosynthetic life is ruled out below the ice because of the complete lack of sunlight--but chemotrophic life may still be possible.