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  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj saprophytic (of some plants or fungi) feeding on dead or decaying organic matter
    • adj saprophytic obtaining food osmotically from dissolved organic material
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Saprophytic Feeding or growing upon decaying animal or vegetable matter; pertaining to a saprophyte or the saprophytes.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • saprophytic Pertaining to or of the nature of saprophytes; growing on decaying vegetable matter. See Perisporiaceæ.
    • saprophytic In zoology, engendered or growing in putrid infusions, as one of numberless infusorial animalcules; saprogenous: opposed to holophytic.
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In literature:

You can't get away from soil saprophytes no matter how clean you are.
"The Lani People" by J. F. Bone
That these later organisms are saprophytic, although not bacterial, there can be no doubt.
"Scientific American Supplement, No. 643, April 28, 1888" by Various
It is a parasite or saprophyte, and entirely destitute of chlorophyll, being pure white throughout.
"Elements of Structural and Systematic Botany" by Douglas Houghton Campbell
In the second group, the bacterial species lives a saprophytic existence, growing in milk, if it happens to find its way therein.
"Outlines of Dairy Bacteriology, 8th edition" by H. L. Russell
The saprophytic bacteria are the bacteria of decay, putrefaction, and fermentation.
"The Home Medical Library, Volume V (of VI)" by Various
Saprophyte, a plant that lives on decaying animal or vegetable matter.
"The Mushroom, Edible and Otherwise" by M. E. Hard
These are SAPROPHYTES, and they imitate Mushrooms and other Fungi in their mode of life.
"The Elements of Botany" by Asa Gray
Basidia transversely septate; no teleutospores; saprophytes.
"The New Gresham Encyclopedia. Vol. 1 Part 3" by Various
The yeast plant and its allies are saprophytes and form no chlorophyll.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 10, Slice 3" by Various
It is easy to understand the relation of the saprophytic and the holophytic Flagellates to true plants.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 10, Slice 4" by Various
They are found living saprophytically (in part parasitically) underground in forests.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 11, Slice 3" by Various
This is true of parasites as well as of saprophytes.
"Disease in Plants" by H. Marshall Ward
This seems to be the usual method by which saprophytes make use of the materials on which they live.
"A Civic Biology" by George William Hunter

In news:

Mycobacterium vaccae, an envionmental saprophyte, has immunogenic properties that enhance the host immune response.
Saprophytic fungus no cause for concern.
Saprophytic fungus no cause for concern.