[sap-roh-bahy-ol-uh-jee] /ˌsæp roʊ baɪˈɒl ə dʒi/
the branch of ecology that studies decaying organic matter or environments, especially saprophytes that derive nourishment in this way.
noun 1. another name for saprotroph
noun, Biology. 1. a plant or animal that can produce decay. saprogen sap·ro·gen (sāp’rə-jən, -jěn’) n. An organism that lives on dead organic matter and causes its decay.
adjective 1. producing putrefaction or decay, as certain bacteria. 2. formed by putrefaction. adjective 1. producing or resulting from decay: saprogenic bacteria 2. growing on decaying matter saprogenic sap·ro·gen·ic (sāp’rə-jěn’ĭk) or sa·prog·e·nous (sə-prŏj’ə-nəs) adj. Of, producing, or resulting from putrefaction. sap’ro·ge·nic’i·ty (-jə-nĭs’ĭ-tē) n.
noun, Petrography. 1. soft, disintegrated, usually more or less decomposed rock remaining in its original place. noun 1. a deposit of earth, clay, silt, etc, formed by decomposition of rocks that has remained in its original site saprolite (sāp’rə-līt’) Soft, thoroughly decomposed and porous rock, often rich in clay, formed by the in-place chemical weathering […]