Saprophytic bacteria - Definition

March 2017


Definition


Saprophytic bacteria are bacteria that do not develop in the living organism and feed on the waste generated within it. They are opposed to pathogenic bacteria that enter the body and grow within it, leading to infections. Most saprophytic bacteria are harmless to humans, but some can be harmful through the toxins they secrete. There are numerous species of saprophytic bacteria in the human body, notably on the skin, in the gastrointestinal tract, and in the vaginal flora in women.

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