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  1. a combining form meaning “rotten,” used in the formation of compound words: saprogenic.
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Also especially before a vowel, sapr-.

Origin of sapro-

< Greek, combining form of saprós
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British Dictionary definitions for sapro-


before a vowel sapr-

combining form
  1. indicating dead or decaying mattersaprogenic; saprolite
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Word Origin

from Greek sapros rotten
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sapro- in Medicine


  1. Decay; putrefaction; decomposition:saprogenic.
  2. Dead or decaying organic material:saprophyte.
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