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Animallike in mode of obtaining nourishment, lacking photosynthetic capacity; denoting certain protozoans, in contradistinction to others that are holophytic.
[holo- + G. zōon, animal]
holozoic/holo·zo·ic/ (-zo´ik) having the nutritional characters of an animal, i.e., digesting protein.
Obtaining nourishment by the ingestion of organic material. Used chiefly of protozoans.
holozoic(of an organism) feeding on solid organic material derived from the bodies of other organisms. This is mainly the method of feeding adopted by animals, though a few specialized plants such as insectivorous plants obtain nutrient matter in this way.
one of the forms of nutrition of the Mastigophoran protozoa—comprising the capture and assimilation of organic materials in the environment.