Saprophytic Sap`ro*phyt"ic, a. Feeding or growing upon decaying animal or vegetable matter; pertaining to a saprophyte or the saprophytes. [1913 Webster]

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  • saprophytic — 1882; see SAPROPHYTE (Cf. saprophyte) + IC (Cf. ic) …   Etymology dictionary

  • saprophytic — adjective Date: 1882 obtaining food by absorbing dissolved organic material; especially obtaining nourishment from the products of organic breakdown and decay < saprophytic fungi > • saprophytically adverb …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • saprophytic — Relating to a saprophyte. * * * sap·ro·phyt·ic .sap rə fit ik adj obtaining food by absorbing dissolved organic material esp obtaining nourishment osmotically from the products of organic breakdown and decay <saprophytic fungi>… …   Medical dictionary

  • saprophytic — saprophyte ► NOUN Biology ▪ a plant, fungus, or micro organism that lives on decaying matter. DERIVATIVES saprophytic adjective. ORIGIN from Greek sapros putrid + phuton plant …   English terms dictionary

  • saprophytic — adjective 1. obtaining food osmotically from dissolved organic material • Pertains to noun: ↑saprophyte • Derivationally related forms: ↑saprophyte 2. (of some plants or fungi) feeding on dead or decaying organic matter • Similar to: ↑herbivorous …   Useful english dictionary

  • saprophytic — a; see saprozite …   Dictionary of invertebrate zoology

  • saprophytic — See saprophyte. * * * …   Universalium

  • saprophytic — adjective Relating to saprophytes or their life style …   Wiktionary

  • saprophytic — Synonyms and related words: accompanying, accordant, agreeing, associate, associated, at one with, coacting, coactive, coadunate, coincident, collaborative, collective, collusive, combined, combining, concerted, concomitant, concordant,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • saprophytic — adj. pertaining to an organism that feeds on dead or decaying flesh …   English contemporary dictionary

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