a plant or animal that can produce decay.
saprogen sap·ro·gen (sāp’rə-jən, -jěn’)
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 […]
noun 1. mud consisting chiefly of decomposed organic matter formed at the bottom of a stagnant sea or lake. noun 1. an unconsolidated sludge consisting of the decomposed remains of aquatic organisms, esp algae, that accumulates at the bottoms of lakes and oceans sapropel (sāp’rə-pěl’) An unconsolidated ooze consisting mainly of putrefied plant remains and […]
[sa-prof-uh-guh s] /sæˈprɒf ə gəs/ adjective, Biology. 1. (of an organism) feeding on dead or decaying animal matter. saprophagous /sæˈprɒfəɡəs/ adjective 1. (of certain animals) feeding on dead or decaying organic matter