saprophyte


sap·ro·phyte

noun \ˈsa-prə-ˌfīt\

Definition of SAPROPHYTE

:  a saprophytic organism

Origin of SAPROPHYTE

International Scientific Vocabulary
First Known Use: 1870

sap·ro·phyte

noun \ˈsap-rə-ˌfīt\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of SAPROPHYTE

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

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