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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.