It is easy to understand the relation of the saprophytic and the holophytic Flagellates to true plants.
Many are exclusively parasitic or saprophytic, and many are facultative, both conditions of living being possible.
In the second group, the bacterial species lives a saprophytic existence, growing in milk, if it happens to find its way therein.
Von Fodor showed that saprophytic bacteria injected into the blood are rapidly destroyed.
That these later organisms are saprophytic, although not bacterial, there can be no doubt.
The saprophytic bacteria are the bacteria of decay, putrefaction, and fermentation.
Some parasites are able to lead a saprophytic existence also, but as a rule they live at the expense of animal or plant life.
Nearly all bacteria, owing to the absence of chlorophyll, are saprophytic or parasitic forms.
These can no more be attacked during their saprophytic existence than those just mentioned.
saprophyte sap·ro·phyte (sāp'rə-fīt')
An organism, especially a fungus or bacterium, that grows on and derives its nourishment from dead or decaying organic matter.
An organism, especially a fungus or bacterium, that lives on and gets its nourishment from dead organisms or decaying organic material. Saprophytes recycle organic material in the soil, breaking it down into in simpler compounds that can be taken up by other organisms.
saprophytic adjective (sāp'rə-fĭt'ĭk)