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saprophyte

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noun sap·ro·phyte \ˈsa-prə-ˌfīt\

Definition of saprophyte

  1. :  a saprophytic organism



Origin of saprophyte

International Scientific Vocabulary


First Known Use: 1870


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saprophyte

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noun sap·ro·phyte \ˈsap-rə-ˌfīt\

Medical Definition of saprophyte

  1. :  a saprophytic organism; especially :  a plant living on dead or decaying organic matter




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