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noun Biology.
  1. saprophyte.

Origin of saprobe

First recorded in 1932; sapro- + (micro)be
Related formssa·pro·bic [suh-proh-bik, -prob-ik] /səˈproʊ bɪk, -ˈprɒb ɪk/, adjectivesa·pro·bi·cal·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for saprobe


  1. an organism, esp a fungus, that lives on decaying organisms; a saprotrophSee also saprophyte
Derived Formssaprobic, adjective

Word Origin

C20: from Greek, from sapro- + bios life
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saprobe in Medicine


([object Object])
  1. An organism that derives its nourishment from nonliving or decaying organic matter.
Related formssap•robi•al (să-prōbē-əl) null adj.
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