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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.

saprophyte

(ˈsæprəʊˌfaɪt)
n
(Botany) any plant that lives and feeds on dead organic matter using mycorrhizal fungi associated with its roots; a saprotrophic plant
saprophytic adj
ˌsaproˈphytically adv
ˈsaproˌphytism n

sap•ro•phyte

(ˈsæp rəˌfaɪt)

n.
any organism that lives on dead organic matter.
[1870–75]
sap`ro•phyt′ic (-ˈfɪt ɪk) adj.

sap·ro·phyte

(săp′rə-fīt′)
An organism, especially a fungus or bacterium, that lives on and gets its nourishment from dead organisms or decaying organic material.

saprophytic (săp′rə-fĭt′ĭk) adjective

saprophyte

An organism that feeds on dead organic material, e.g. a mushroom.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.saprophyte - an organism that feeds on dead organic matter especially a fungus or bacteriumsaprophyte - an organism that feeds on dead organic matter especially a fungus or bacterium
organism, being - a living thing that has (or can develop) the ability to act or function independently
Translations

sap·ro·phyte

n. saprófito, organismo vegetal que vive en materia orgánica pútrida.
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Pestalotiopsis species are considered to be weak pathogens, phytopathogens, saprophytes or endophytic symbionts.
Fungi are ubiquitous and soil saprophytes often involved in various human ailments.
Most of the fungi being saprophytes prefer to grow in soil rich in organic substances.
Oral mucous membrane presents natural resistance to Mycobacterium invasion, which attributes to cleansing action of saliva, salivary enzymes, tissue antibodies, oral saprophytes, and thickness of protective epithelial covering.
A big part of germs contaminating carcasses after the various stages of slaughter (skinned and eviscerated) are saprophytes.
It is especially important in immunosuppressed or immunocompromised patients, who may harbor unusual fungal species (eg, saprophytes rather than dermatophytes).
The life cycle of such parasites includes their continuous transfer from the environment into the animal organism where they function as parasites and their return to the environment where they live as saprophytes [8].
Ecology of microbial saprophytes and pathogens in tissue culture and field-grown plants: reasons for contamination problems in vitro.
Effect of salinity and temperature on Coccidioidesimmitis and three antagonistic soil saprophytes.
are aerobic, grampositive, partial acid-fast, filamentous bacteria and ubiquitous environmental saprophytes responsible for granulomatous or suppurative infections (RIBEIRO et al.
Specific pathogens such as Campylobacter fetus and Trichomonas fetus develop infection without any predisposing cause, where as non-specific opportunist pathogens residing in genital tract as saprophytes can set infection under favourable conditions (Hinze, 1959).