saprophytic

adjective
sap·​ro·​phyt·​ic | \ ˌsa-prə-ˈfi-tik How to pronounce saprophytic (audio) \

Definition of saprophytic

: obtaining food by absorbing dissolved organic material especially : obtaining nourishment from the products of organic breakdown and decay saprophytic fungi

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Other Words from saprophytic

saprophytically \ ˌsa-​prə-​ˈfi-​ti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce saprophytically (audio) \ adverb

Examples of saprophytic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Your thumbnail photo is quite small and quite dark, but these are some type of saprophytic fungal growth that is present because the branches were dead. Neil Sperry, ExpressNews.com, "Neil Sperry: Bark-losing live oak could be rotting," 28 May 2020

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First Known Use of saprophytic

1882, in the meaning defined above

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“Saprophytic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/saprophytic. Accessed 18 Sep. 2020.

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saprophytic

adjective
sap·​ro·​phyt·​ic | \ ˌsap-rə-ˈfit-ik How to pronounce saprophytic (audio) \

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

Other Words from saprophytic

saprophytically \ -​i-​k(ə-​)-​lē How to pronounce saprophytically (audio) \ adverb

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