aff. a combining form with the meanings “deriving nourishment” from the source or in the manner specified (autotrophic; eutrophic), “affecting the activity of, maintaining” that specified (thyrotrophic) (in this sense often interchangeable with -tropic); also forming adjectives corresponding to nouns ending in -troph or -trophy (hypertrophic)
Etymology: see trophic

From formal English to slang. 2014.

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