Definitions

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  • adjective Obtaining nourishment by absorption of dissolved organic and inorganic materials, as certain protozoans and nematodes do.

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  • adjective feeding on dead or decaying animal matter
  • adjective saprophagous

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

Etymologies

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sapro- + -zoic

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

    July 13, 2008