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WordNet 3.0Copyright Princeton University


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adj. - Obtaining food osmotically from dissolved organic material adj. - (of some plants or fungi) feeding on dead or decaying organic matter.

Usage examples (30)
  • Bacteria may be conveniently grouped under two heads: those that live upon dead organic matter, known as the saprophytic forms, and those that are found in living plants...
  • As a rule, the pabulum in which the saprophytic organisms are provided and
  • The ground bacteria are divided into two groups -- saprophytic and pathogenic.
  • Bacteria, 15; saprophytic and parasitic, 17; effect on host, 18; dissemination, 18. for more
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