free-living


free–liv·ing

adjective \ˈfrē-ˈli-viŋ\

Definition of FREE-LIVING

1
:  marked by more than usual freedom in the gratification of appetites
2
a :  not fixed to the substrate but capable of motility <a free–living protozoan>
b :  being metabolically independent :  neither parasitic nor symbiotic <a free–living adult hairworm>

First Known Use of FREE-LIVING

1818

Rhymes with FREE-LIVING

free–liv·ing

adjective \ˈfrē-ˈliv-iŋ\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of FREE–LIVING

1
: not fixed to the substrate but capable of motility <a free–living protozoan>
2
: being metabolically independent : neither parasitic nor symbiotic

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