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saprophyte

 [sap´ro-fīt]
any organism, such as a bacterium or protozoon, living upon dead or decaying organic matter. For fungi, the preferred term is saprobe. adj., adj saprophyt´ic.

sap·ro·phyte

(sap'rō-fīt),
An organism that grows on dead organic matter, plant or animal. See: saprobe.
Synonym(s): necroparasite
[sapro- + G. phyton, plant]

saprophyte

/sap·ro·phyte/ (sap´ro-fīt) any organism living upon dead or decaying organic matter. For fungi, the preferred term is saprobe. saprophyt´ic

saprophyte

(săp′rə-fīt′)
n.
An organism, especially a fungus or bacterium, that derives its nourishment from dead or decaying organic matter. Also called saprobe.

sap′ro·phyt′ic (-fĭt′ĭk) adj.
sap′ro·phyt′i·cal·ly adv.

saprophyte

[sap′rəfīt]
Etymology: Gk, sapros, rotten, phyton, plant
an organism that lives on dead organic matter. saprophytic, adj.

sap·robe

(sap'rōb)
An organism that lives on dead organic material. usage note This term is preferable to saprophyte, because bacteria and fungi are no longer regarded as plants.
[sapro- + G. bios, life]

saprophyte

An organism that lives on and derives its nourishment from dead or decaying organic matter.

saprophyte

or

saprotroph

any plant or microorganism that obtains its nutrition from dead or decaying organic materials in the form of organic substances in solution. Such organisms are of great importance in breaking down dead organic material. see NITROGEN CYCLE.

sap·robe

(sap'rōb)
An organism that lives on dead organic material. usage note This term is preferable to saprophyte, because bacteria and fungi are no longer regarded as plants.
[sapro- + G. bios, life]

saprophyte,

n an organism that lives on dead organic matter.

saprophyte

any organism, such as a bacterium, capable of living in inanimate media.
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They are first and foremost saprophytes, (organisms that thrive on decaying organic matter).
S epidermidis is almost universally regarded as a saprophyte and a probable contaminant of middle ear cultures.
Faculative parasite: this pathogen is normally a saprophyte, growing on nonliving matter.
Fusarium moniliforme, a corn saprophyte of maize, produces a toxin, fumonisin, which reduces nitrates to nitrites and leads to formation of carcinogenic nitrosamines.
capsulatum exists as a saprophyte in nature and has been isolated from soil, particularly when contaminated with chicken feathers or droppings.
Poeikhampha and Bunchasak (2010) concluded that sodium gluconate supplementation as prebiotic is beneficial because this additive is the main substrate used by saprophyte bacteria for butyrate production in poultry and swine.
4-6) Candida albicans, a saprophyte present in the vaginal mucosa, is isolated in 80% of VVC cases.
Nevertheless, the use of other techniques favored and accelerated the growth of saprophyte fungi such as Rhizopus, Fusarium, Phoma, Aspergillus and Penicillium, since they are facultative saprophytic microorganisms.
To the Editor: The bacterium Vibrio vulnificus is a marine flora saprophyte that can cause necrotic skin infection and septicemia in humans who eat shellfish.
Basidiobolomycosis is a rare disease caused by the fungus Basidiobolus ranarum, an environmental saprophyte found worldwide.