tropho-, troph-, -trophy, -trophs, -trophically, -trophic, -trophous

(Greek: food, nutrition, nourishment; development)

Don't confuse this tropho-, -trophy element with tropo-, meaning "turn, turning," etc.

1. A characteristic of certain microorganisms that can assimilate organic compounds as carbon sources but not as energy sources.
2. The ability to use both organic and inorganic carbon sources in nutrition.
A mutant microorganism that requires a particular nutrient that is not required by the wild type of organism.
muscular dystrophy
A group of chronic muscle diseases of genetic or unknown origin that cause irreversible muscle deterioration and may result in complete incapacitation.
myatrophy, myoatrophy
Muscular atrophy.
Muscular dystrophy.
Nutrition of muscular tissue.
nephrotrophic, nephrotropic,
Renotrophic: Relating to any agent influencing the growth or nutrition of the kidney or to the action of such an agent.
neurotrophy, neurotrophic
Nutrition and metabolism of tissues under nervous influence.
Rarely used term for care of the sick.
oligotrophia, oligotrophy (s) (noun); oligotrophias, oligotrophies (pl)
1. The condition of a lake, or other body of water, which is deficient in nutrients and, therefore, generally biologically unproductive.
2. A state of nutrient scarcity or insufficiency.
oligotrophic (adjective)
1. A reference to a body of water deficient in nutrients for supporting plant life, but rich in oxygen for supporting animal life.
2. Having low primary productivity; a reference to substrates of bodies of water low in nutrients: "Oligotrophic lakes are susceptible to pollution from excess phosphorus from such sources as fertilizer runoff, sewage, and detergents."
3. Referring to any organism requiring only a small nutrient supply, or restricted to a narrow range of nutrients.
4. Pertaining to insects that visit only a small variety of plant species.
onychatrophia, onychatrophy
1. Atrophy (shrinking in size) of the fingernails and toenails.
2. Failure of a proper development of the fingernails and toenails.
1. Dystrophic changes (disorders arising from defective or faulty nutrition) in the nails occurring as a congenital (birth) defect or due to any illness or injury that may cause a malformed nail.
2. Any distortion of a nail; a symptom seen in several diseases.
Nutrition, or nourishment, of the fingernails and toenails.
1. A reference to the nourishment of organs of the body.
2. Deriving energy from the oxidation of organic compounds; said of bacteria.
3. Pertaining to a microorganism that uses organic sources as a reducing power.

Cross references of word families that are related directly, or indirectly, to: "food, nutrition, nourishment": alimento-; broma-; carno-; cibo-; esculent-; sitio-; Eating Crawling Snacks; Eating: Carnivorous-Plant "Pets"; Eating: Folivory or Leaf Eaters; Eating: Omnivorous.