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[sapro- + Greek bios, life; see gwei- in Indo-European roots.]

sap·ro′bic (-bĭk) adj.
sap·ro′bi·cal·ly adv.
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Adj.1.saprobic - living in or being an environment rich in organic matter but lacking oxygen
biological science, biology - the science that studies living organisms
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Currently the array of indices used include the Specific Polluosensitivity Index (SPI) [2], the Saprobity Index (SI) [35], the Diatom Assemblage Index for organic pollution (DAIpo) [47], Generic Diatom Index (GDI) [33], the European Economic Community index (EEC) [3], the Trophic Index of van Dam [44], the Trophic Diatom Index (TDI) [13], the Saprobic Index of Rott [32] and the standardized Biological Diatom Index (BDI) [23].
Comparative transcriptomics of the saprobic and parasitic growth phases in Coccidioides spp.
Bare fallow in the season before planting can be effective in reducing pathogen populations by depleting the food base for facultatively saprobic pathogens (those that can survive on dead organic matter as well as cause disease on living plants).