noun, plural: chemoheterotrophs

An organism deriving energy by ingesting intermediates or building blocks that it is incapable of creating on its own.


Most chemoheterotrophs obtain energy by ingesting organic molecules like glucose.

Word origin: Gk: Chemo = chemical, hetero = (an)other, troph = nourishment
Related forms: chemoheterotrophic (adjective)

Also called: chemotrophic heterotroph

Compare: chemoautotroph

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