[ sap-rohb ]
/ ˈsæp roʊb /
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OTHER WORDS FROM saprobesa·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
/ (ˈsæprəʊb) /
an organism, esp a fungus, that lives on decaying organisms; a saprotrophSee also saprophyte
Derived forms of saprobesaprobic, adjective
Word Origin for saprobe
C20: from Greek, from sapro- + bios life
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Medical definitions for saprobe
[ săp′rōb′ ]
An organism that derives its nourishment from nonliving or decaying organic matter.
Other words from saprobesap•ro′bi•al (să-prō′bē-əl) null adj.
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