saprophytic


sap·ro·phyt·ic

adjective \ˌsa-prə-ˈfi-tik\

Definition of SAPROPHYTIC

:  obtaining food by absorbing dissolved organic material; especially :  obtaining nourishment from the products of organic breakdown and decay <saprophytic fungi>
sap·ro·phyt·i·cal·ly \-ti-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

First Known Use of SAPROPHYTIC

1882

sap·ro·phyt·ic

adjective \ˌsap-rə-ˈfit-ik\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of SAPROPHYTIC

: obtaining food by absorbing dissolved organic material; especially : obtaining nourishment osmotically from the products of organic breakdown and decay <saprophytic fungi>
sap·ro·phyt·i·cal·ly \-i-k(ə-)-lē\ adverb

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