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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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This Gram-positive, saprophytic organism is intimately associated with sebaceous glands.
It is caused by Burkholderia pseudomallei, a gram-negative, saprophytic bacillus found in soil and water.
Molecular phylogeny of Saprophytic Wild Edible Mushroom (SWEM) Species Based on ITS and nLSU rDNA Sequences.
Mealybugs feed on the phloem of their host and secrete honeydew waste that supports the growth of saprophytic fungi (sooty mold) capable of coating the leaves and reducing photosynthesis.
Approximate two cm of the oil palm trunk tissues were drilled using the drill bit, half feet high from the ground to remove any unwanted saprophytic fungi which may presence on the tissues.
Most tremorgenic mycotoxins are synthesized by common saprophytic moulds of the genera Penicillium and Aspergillus.
Scedosporium apiospermum (teleomorph state, Pseudallescheria apiospermum) is a ubiquitous, saprophytic, filamentous mold.
Nevertheless, ammonia-N is likely produced by anaerobic saprophytic mold organisms (Schefferle, 1965), given that the interior of the samples were kept under anaerobic conditions.
Glandorf DCM, Bakker PAHM, VanLoon LC (1997) Influence of the production of antibacterial and antifungal proteins by transgenic plants on the saprophytic soil microflora.
C violaceum is a ubiquitous, saprophytic, anaerobic, gram-negative bacillus that lives in soil and stagnant bodies of water in tropical and subtropical climates.