saprophytic

adjective
sap·​ro·​phyt·​ic | \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

Other Words from saprophytic

saprophytically \ ˌsa-​prə-​ˈfi-​ti-​k(ə-​)lē \ adverb

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1882, in the meaning defined above

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saprophytic

adjective
sap·​ro·​phyt·​ic | \ˌsap-rə-ˈfit-ik \

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 \ adverb

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