saprobe

[ sap-rohb ]
/ ˈsæp roʊb /

noun Biology.

Origin of saprobe

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

Related forms

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 saprobic

saprobe

/ (ˈsæprəʊb) /

noun

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

Derived Forms

saprobic, adjective

Word Origin for saprobe

C20: from Greek, from sapro- + bios life
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Medicine definitions for saprobic

saprobe

[ săprōb′ ]

n.

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

Related forms

sap•robi•al (să-prōbē-əl) null adj.
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