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saprophyte

[sap-ruh-fahyt] /ˈsæp rəˌfaɪt/
noun
1.
any organism that lives on dead organic matter, as certain fungi and bacteria.
Also called saprobe.
Origin
1870-1875
1870-75; sapro- + -phyte
Related forms
saprophytic
[sap-ruh-fit-ik] /ˌsæp rəˈfɪt ɪk/ (Show IPA),
adjective
saprophytically, adverb
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  • Most are saprophytic and not pathogenic to plants, animals and humans.
British Dictionary definitions for saprophytic

saprophyte

/ˈsæprəʊˌfaɪt/
noun
1.
any plant that lives and feeds on dead organic matter using mycorrhizal fungi associated with its roots; a saprotrophic plant
Derived Forms
saprophytic (ˌsæprəʊˈfɪtɪk) adjective
saprophytically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for saprophytic
adj.

1872; see saprophyte + -ic.

saprophyte

n.

"bacteria or fungus that grows on decaying organic matter," 1867, from French, from Greek sapros "putrid" + phyton "plant" (see phyto-). Related: Saprophytism.

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saprophytic in Medicine

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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saprophytic in Science
saprophyte
  (sāp'rə-fīt')   
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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