from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- As or in the manner of a saprophyte.
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Bladesover they cannot replace it; they just happen to break out over it -- saprophytically.
Such a grouping is not always entirely satisfactory, for many of the kinds that live saprophytically under normal conditions may become parasitic if opportunity offers, and also many of those that are usually regarded as parasitic may be grown in cultures of agar or other media, under which conditions they may be regarded as living saprophytically.
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