saprophyte

saprophyte

[sap-ruh-fahyt]
noun
any organism that lives on dead organic matter, as certain fungi and bacteria.
Also called saprobe.


Origin:
1870–75; sapro- + -phyte

saprophytic [sap-ruh-fit-ik] , adjective
saprophytically, adverb
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saprophyte (ˈsæprəʊˌfaɪt)
 
n
any plant that lives and feeds on dead organic matter using mycorrhizal fungi associated with its roots; a saprotrophic plant
 
saprophytic
 
adj
 
sapro'phytically
 
adv

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saprophyte sap·ro·phyte (sāp'rə-fīt')
n.
An organism, especially a fungus or bacterium, that grows on and derives its nourishment from dead or decaying organic matter.


sap'ro·phyt'ic (-fĭt'ĭk) adj.
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saprophyte   (sāp'rə-fīt')  Pronunciation Key 
An organism, especially a fungus or bacterium, that lives on and gets its nourishment from dead organisms or decaying organic material. Saprophytes recycle organic material in the soil, breaking it down into in simpler compounds that can be taken up by other organisms.

saprophytic adjective (sāp'rə-fĭt'ĭk)
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