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saprobe

[ sap-rohb ]
/ ˈsæp roʊb /
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Origin of saprobe

First recorded in 1932; sapro- + (micro)be

OTHER WORDS FROM saprobe

sa·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

saprobe
/ (ˈsæprəʊb) /

noun
an organism, esp a fungus, that lives on decaying organisms; a saprotrophSee also saprophyte

Derived forms of saprobe

saprobic, adjective

Word Origin for saprobe

C20: from Greek, from sapro- + bios life
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Medical definitions for saprobe

saprobe
[ săprōb′ ]

n.
An organism that derives its nourishment from nonliving or decaying organic matter.

Other words from saprobe

sap•robi•al (să-prōbē-əl) null adj.
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