saprotroph

Organism that feeds on the excrement or the dead bodies or tissues of others. They include most fungi (the rest being parasites); many bacteria and protozoa; animals such as dung beetles and vultures; and a few unusual plants, including several orchids. Saprotrophs cannot make food for themselves, so they are a type of heterotroph. They...
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saprotroph

saprotroph, saprobe 1. Any organism that lives off dead or decaying organic material. 2. An organism that obtains its nutrients from non-living organic matter, usually dead and decaying plant or animal matter, by absorbing soluble organic compounds. Since saprotrophs cannot make food for themselves, they are considered a type of heterotroph. The ...
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saprotroph

saprotrophic, saprotroph, saprotrophy Obtaining nourishment from dead or decaying organic matter.
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