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

saprophytically

play \ˌsa-prə-ˈfi-ti-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

First Known Use of saprophytic

1882


Medical Dictionary

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

saprophytically

play \-i-k(ə-)-lē\ adverb

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