saprophytic

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adjective sap·ro·phyt·ic \ˌsa-prə-ˈfi-tik\

Definition of saprophytic

  1. :  obtaining food by absorbing dissolved organic material; especially :  obtaining nourishment from the products of organic breakdown and decay <saprophytic fungi>

saprophytically

play \-ti-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

1882

First Known Use of saprophytic

1882


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saprophytic

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

Medical Definition of saprophytic

  1. :  obtaining food by absorbing dissolved organic material; especially :  obtaining nourishment osmotically from the products of organic breakdown and decay <saprophytic fungi>

saprophytically

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