a combining form meaning “rotten,” used in the formation of compound words: saprogenic.
Also, especially before a vowel, sapr-.

< Greek, combining form of saprós Unabridged
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sapro- or (before a vowel) sapr-
combining form
indicating dead or decaying matter: saprogenic; saprolite
[from Greek sapros rotten]
sapr- or (before a vowel) sapr-
combining form
[from Greek sapros rotten]

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sapro- or sapr-

  1. Decay; putrefaction; decomposition: saprogenic.

  2. Dead or decaying organic material: saprophyte.

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