- absorbing simple organic material and dissolved salts for nourishment: said of certain animals
- of a saprophyte, esp. an animal parasite lacking a functional digestive system, as the tapeworm
Origin of saprozoicsapro- + zo(o)- + -ic
Obtaining nourishment by absorption of dissolved organic and inorganic materials, as certain protozoans and nematodes do.
(comparative more saprozoic, superlative most saprozoic)