- (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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- 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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