saprobiology

[ sap-roh-bahy-ol-uh-jee ]
/ ˌsæp roʊ baɪˈɒl ə dʒi /

noun

the branch of ecology that studies decaying organic matter or environments, especially saprophytes that derive nourishment in this way.

Nearby words

  1. sapraemia,
  2. sapremia,
  3. sapro-,
  4. saprobe,
  5. saprobic,
  6. saprobiont,
  7. saprogen,
  8. saprogenic,
  9. saprogenous,
  10. saprolite

Related formssap·ro·bi·o·log·i·cal [sap-roh-bahy-uh-loj-i-kuh l] /ˌsæp roʊˌbaɪ əˈlɒdʒ ɪ kəl/, adjectivesap·ro·bi·ol·o·gist, noun

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