saprophagous


sa·proph·a·gous

adjective \sa-ˈprä-fə-gəs\

Definition of SAPROPHAGOUS

:  feeding on decaying matter

Origin of SAPROPHAGOUS

New Latin saprophagus, from sapr- + -phagus -phagous
First Known Use: 1819

sa·proph·a·gous

adjective \sa-ˈpräf-ə-gəs\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of SAPROPHAGOUS

: feeding on decaying matter <saprophagous insects>

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