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saprobe

[sap-rohb] /ˈsæp roʊb/
noun, Biology
Origin
1932
1932; sapro- + (micro)be
Related forms
saprobic
[suh-proh-bik, -prob-ik] /səˈproʊ bɪk, -ˈprɒb ɪk/ (Show IPA),
adjective
saprobically, adverb
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  • Alternatively it could be a saprobe, a weak pathogen, or a parasite.
British Dictionary definitions for saprobe

saprobe

/ˈsæprəʊb/
noun
1.
an organism, esp a fungus, that lives on decaying organisms; a saprotroph See also saprophyte
Derived Forms
saprobic, adjective
Word Origin
C20: from Greek, from sapro- + bios life
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saprobe in Medicine

saprobe sap·robe (sāp'rōb')
n.
An organism that derives its nourishment from nonliving or decaying organic matter.


sap·ro'bi·al (sā-prō'bē-əl) or sap·ro'bic (-bĭk) adj.
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