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sap·ro·phyte

 (săp′rə-fīt′)
n.
An organism, especially a fungus or bacterium, that derives its nourishment from dead or decaying organic matter. Also called saprobe.

sap′ro·phyt′ic (-fĭt′ĭk) adj.
sap′ro·phyt′i·cal·ly adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.saprophytic - obtaining food osmotically from dissolved organic material
2.saprophytic - (of some plants or fungi) feeding on dead or decaying organic matter
plant life, flora, plant - (botany) a living organism lacking the power of locomotion
Fungi, fungus kingdom, kingdom Fungi - the taxonomic kingdom including yeast, molds, smuts, mushrooms, and toadstools; distinct from the green plants
herbivorous - feeding only on plants
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The clinical significance of the isolation of saprophytic molds in nonsterile clinical samples is difficult to ascertain.
Alternaria species also can be saprophytic or opportunistic pathogens similar to Pestalotiopsis.
Absidia corymbifera, one of the saprophytic organism that is responsible for nosocomial infections isolated primarily from soil and decaying vegetation, and, Rhizopus species commonly isolated from the soil samples of Municipal dumping yard, particularly in India, Africa, Pakistan, Taiwan etc.
There was a significant variation in number of colonies of total, saprophytic and pathogenic fungi among the soil samples.
Protothecosis is caused by saprophytic achlorophyllous algae of the genus Prototheca, which are closely related to Chlorella green algae (DILLBERGER et al.
Fungus, being a saprophytic organism, has been found as the most prevalent organism not only in the soil contaminated with pigeons' droppings, but also the air of such places is heavily contaminated with fungal elements and spores.
Species of Malassezia are a part of the normal flora of the skin in seborrheic areas but some contributing factors such as the immunosuppression, poor hygiene, and application of oily preparations, creams, hot humid climate, corticosteroid abuse or genetic predisposition provoke Pityrosporum to change from saprophytic to pathogenic form3.
Leptospires are bacteria which can be either pathogenic (potential to cause disease in animals and humans) or saprophytic (free living and generally considered not to cause disease).
Chromoblastomycosis, a non-contagious disease, is caused by saprophytic, pigmented fungi commonly isolated from plant debris and soil.
Furthermore, the nutrients provided for the saprophytic growth of fungi and nematodes in the rhizosphere should be taken into account and need further study.
from saprophytic sources in the city of Ribeirao Preto, Sao Paulo, Brazil.