Definition of saprophytic in English:

saprophytic

adjective

Biology
  • See saprophyte

    • ‘The three ecological groups of mushrooms are mycorrhizal, parasitic and saprophytic mushrooms.’
    • ‘Specific carbohydrates are hypothesized to have a key role in the transition from the parasitic to saprophytic stage.’
    • ‘In the standard saprophytic serovars and the saprophytic isolates from water sources there was no digestion with this enzyme and the original 482 bp band appeared as such in these strains.’
    • ‘Since then, there have been other reports describing various saprophytic fungal organisms in cultures from allergic mucin.’
    • ‘It imparts rigidity to the cell wall and is responsible for decay resistance that enables the cells to withstand the saprophytic activity of organisms capable of degrading non-lignified cell walls.’

Pronunciation

saprophytic

/ˌsæprəˈfɪdɪk//ˌsaprəˈfidik/