Related formssap·ro·phyt·ic [sap-ruh-fit-ik] /ˌsæp rəˈfɪt ɪk/, adjectivesap·ro·phyt·i·cal·ly, adverb
Examples from the Web for saprophytic
It is easy to understand the relation of the saprophytic and the holophytic Flagellates to true plants.
Von Fodor showed that saprophytic bacteria injected into the blood are rapidly destroyed.The Fundamentals of Bacteriology|Charles Bradfield Morrey
Nearly all bacteria, owing to the absence of chlorophyll, are saprophytic or parasitic forms.
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