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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.


(Plants) an organism, esp a fungus, that lives on decaying organisms; a saprotroph. See also saprophyte
[C20: from Greek, from sapro- + bios life]
sapˈrobic, saprobiotic adj
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.saprobe - an organism that lives in and derives its nourishment from organic matter in stagnant or foul water
organism, being - a living thing that has (or can develop) the ability to act or function independently
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Furthermore, broadleaf trees block out the sunlight required by pine seedlings and the buildup of organic matter encourages saprobe microbes to compete with matsutake (Chun 2009, 2010, Yoshimura 2004 cited in Saito and Mitsumata 2008).
Key words: cloud forest, fungi on ferns, Hypoxylon, lignicolous fungi, saprobe fungi, Xylaria.
Dermatophytes and saprobe fungi isolated from dogs and cats in the city of Fortaleza, Brazil.
Phylogeny and ecology of the ubiquitous saprobe Cladosporium sphaerospermum, with descriptions of seven new species from hypersaline environments.
About the role of saprobe Oligochaeta in oxygen balance of water bodies (Neva basin): Abstract of a thesis.