Definition of saprophytically in English:

saprophytically

adverb

Biology
  • See saprophyte

    • ‘Therefore, we hypothesize that these organisms lived saprophytically upon sulfate-reducing bacteria, rather than feeding in the water column.’
    • ‘As these hosts die, the fungus acts saprophytically to utilize the food substrates contained in them.’
    • ‘Many of these live saprophytically on dead organic matter on or in soil where they are regarded as the most important decomposers of plant residues and other organic matter.’
    • ‘It is a dimorphic fungus that exists saprophytically in nature and has a worldwide distribution.’
    • ‘On dung, the fungus usually appears as part of a succession of different genera, not independently, and can also live saprophytically on plant remains.’