saprophyte

play
noun sap·ro·phyte \ ˈsa-prə-ˌfīt \

Definition of saprophyte

:a saprophytic organism

Origin and Etymology of saprophyte

International Scientific Vocabulary


Medical Dictionary

saprophyte

play
noun sap·ro·phyte \ ˈsap-rə-ˌfīt \

medical Definition of saprophyte

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

Learn More about saprophyte


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up saprophyte? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

to curse or denounce

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Merriam-Webster's New Words Quiz—Fall 2017 Edition!

  • young-plant-shoots
  • Which of the following is a new sense of the word bunny?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!