A microorganism that feeds on dead and decaying organic matter. Saprophytes excrete enzymes
that digest organic residues externally, the low molecular weight
compounds formed then being absorbed.
PAC, 1992, 64, 143
(Glossary for chemists of terms used in biotechnology (IUPAC Recommendations 1992))
on page 165
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