heterotrophic (organisms)

Descriptive of organisms which are not able to synthesize cell components from carbon dioxide as sole carbon source. Heterotrophic organisms use preformed oxidizable organic @[email protected] such as glucose as carbon and energy sources.
PAC, 1992, 64, 143. (Glossary for chemists of terms used in biotechnology (IUPAC Recommendations 1992)) on page 156 [Terms] [Paper]