[yoo-trof-ik, -troh-fik] /yuˈtrɒf ɪk, -ˈtroʊ fɪk/

Medicine/Medical. relating to or being in a condition of or healthy or adequate nutrition or development.
Ecology. (of a lake) characterized by an abundant accumulation of nutrients that support a dense growth of algae and other organisms, the decay of which depletes the shallow waters of oxygen in summer.
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a process by which pollution from such sources as sewage effluent or leachate from fertilized fields causes a lake, pond, or fen to become overrich in organic and mineral nutrients, so that algae and cyanobacteria grow rapidly and deplete the oxygen supply
/juːˈtrɒfɪk; -ˈtrəʊ-/
(of lakes and similar habitats) rich in organic and mineral nutrients and supporting an abundant plant life, which in the process of decaying depletes the oxygen supply for animal life Compare oligotrophic

eutrophic eu·troph·ic (yōō-trŏf’ĭk, -trō’fĭk)
Relating to, characterized by, or promoting eutrophia.
The process by which a lake, pond, or stream becomes eutrophic, typically as a result of mineral and organic runoff from the surrounding land. The increased growth of plants and algae that accompanies eutrophication depletes the dissolved oxygen content of the water and often causes a die-off of other organisms.
(y-trŏf’ĭk, -trō’fĭk)
Having waters rich in phosphates, nitrates, and organic nutrients that promote a proliferation of plant life, especially algae. Used of a lake, pond, or stream. Compare dystrophic, oligotrophic.


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