sapro-


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sapro-

or sapr-
pref.
1. Decay; putrefaction; decomposition: saprogenic.
2. Dead or decaying organic material: saprophyte.

[Greek, from sapros, rotten.]

sapro-

or before a vowel

sapr-

combining form
indicating dead or decaying matter: saprogenic; saprolite.
[from Greek sapros rotten]

sapro-

a combining form meaning “decay,” “decayed matter”: saprogenic. Also, esp. before a vowel,sapr-.
[< Greek, comb. form of saprós decayed, rotten]