from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Obtaining nourishment by absorption of dissolved organic and inorganic materials, as in protozoans and some fungi.
  • adj. Feeding on dead or decaying animal matter.

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  • adj. feeding on dead or decaying animal matter
  • adj. saprophagous

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  • adj. (of certain animals) feeding on dead or decaying animal matter


sapro- + -zoic (Wiktionary)


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  • Feeding on dissolved organic matter: getting nourishment by absorbing dissolved organic matter and salts. adjective

    July 13, 2008