saprozoic

/ (ˌsæprəʊˈzəʊɪk) /

adjective

(of animals or plants) feeding on dead organic matter
of or relating to nutrition in which the nutrient substances are derived from dead organic matter

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Medical definitions for saprozoic

saprozoic
[ săp′rə-zōĭk ]

adj.

Obtaining nourishment by absorption of dissolved organic and inorganic materials, as occurs in certain protozoa and some fungi.
Feeding on dead or on decaying animal matter.
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