- a combining form meaning “rotten,” used in the formation of compound words: saprogenic.
Also especially before a vowel, sapr-.
Origin of sapro-
< Greek, combining form of saprós
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before a vowel sapr-
- indicating dead or decaying mattersaprogenic; saprolite
from Greek sapros rotten
- Decay; putrefaction; decomposition:saprogenic.
- Dead or decaying organic material:saprophyte.
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