Origin of saprophyte
Examples from the Web for saprophytic
Historical Examples of saprophytic
In the second group, the bacterial species lives a saprophytic existence, growing in milk, if it happens to find its way therein.Outlines of Dairy Bacteriology, 8th edition
H. L. Russell
Many are exclusively parasitic or saprophytic, and many are facultative, both conditions of living being possible.Disease and Its Causes
William Thomas Councilman
Some parasites are able to lead a saprophytic existence also, but as a rule they live at the expense of animal or plant life.
These can no more be attacked during their saprophytic existence than those just mentioned.
Von Fodor showed that saprophytic bacteria injected into the blood are rapidly destroyed.
"bacteria or fungus that grows on decaying organic matter," 1867, from French, from Greek sapros "putrid" + phyton "plant" (see phyto-). Related: Saprophytism.