A heterotroph (Auncient Greek ἕτερος héteros = “ither” plus trophe = "nutreetion") is an organism that ingeests or absorbs organic caurbon (raither nor fix caurbon frae inorganic soorces sic as caurbon dioxide) in order tae be able tae produce energy an synthesize compoonds tae mainteen its life.[1][2]


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  2. Hogg, Stuart (2013). Essential Microbiology (2nd ed.). Wiley-Blackwell. p. 86. ISBN 978-1-119-97890-9.