saprophyte


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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.
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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
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sap•ro•phyte

(ˈsæp rəˌfaɪt)

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

An organism that feeds on dead organic material, e.g. a mushroom.
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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
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Translations

sap·ro·phyte

n. saprófito, organismo vegetal que vive en materia orgánica pútrida.
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References in periodicals archive ?
sphaerica is a well-known saprophyte on many plant species but has been mentioned as pathogen on many hosts [9].
Fusarium moniliforme, a corn saprophyte of maize, produces a toxin, fumonisin, which reduces nitrates to nitrites and leads to formation of carcinogenic nitrosamines.
Other isolates belongs to opportunistic pathogenic bacteria or saprophyte. All potential pathogen were recovered intensively from the manure (77.3%), which means that the manure might be a reservoir of pathogen in swine farms.
Chromobacterium violaceum is a Gram-negative [beta]-proteobacterium, facultative anaerobic, saprophyte, freeliving soil- and water-associated microorganism found in water body soils in tropical and subtropical regions of the world.
Our data suggest that the tomato isolate, when grown on medium with proteins extracted from potato tubers, lost pathogenicity and became to behave as a saprophyte, while the potato isolate retained its pathogenic properties on growth on any tested medium.
capsulatum exists as a saprophyte in nature and has been isolated from soil, particularly when contaminated with chicken feathers or droppings.
(4-6) Candida albicans, a saprophyte present in the vaginal mucosa, is isolated in 80% of VVC cases.
To the Editor: The bacterium Vibrio vulnificus is a marine flora saprophyte that can cause necrotic skin infection and septicemia in humans who eat shellfish.
(13,14) Although this fungus can occur as a saprophyte in the birds, (15) it also can cause a devastating respiratory disease, particularly in birds that are immunosuppressed or exposed to high levels of the fungal agent.
Basidiobolomycosis is a rare disease caused by the fungus Basidiobolus ranarum, an environmental saprophyte found worldwide.
Saprophyte An organism that lives on dead or decaying organic matter.
On the other hand, an evaluation of healthy ears by Stroman et al found that 48 of 164 subjects (29.3%) had A otitidis as a saprophyte in the normal external auditory canal.