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Any material containing nutrients, such as carbohydrates, proteins and fats, which are required by living organisms in order to obtain energy for growth and maintenance. Heterotrophic organisms, such as animals, ingest their food (see also diet); autotrophic organisms, such as plants, manufacture their food materials.

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