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saprobiology

[sap-roh-bahy-ol-uh-jee] /ˌsæp roʊ baɪˈɒl ə dʒi/
noun
1.
the branch of ecology that studies decaying organic matter or environments, especially saprophytes that derive nourishment in this way.
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saprobiological [sap-roh-bahy-uh-loj-i-kuh l] /ˌsæp roʊˌbaɪ əˈlɒdʒ ɪ kəl/ (Show IPA), adjective
saprobiologist, noun
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