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symbiont

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noun sym·bi·ont \ˈsim-bē-ˌänt\

Definition of symbiont

  1. :  an organism living in symbiosis; especially :  the smaller member of a symbiotic pair



Origin of symbiont

probably from German, modification of Greek symbiount-, symbiōn, present participle of symbioun


First Known Use: 1887


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symbiont

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noun sym·bi·ont \ˈsim-ˌbī-ˌänt, -bē-\

Medical Definition of symbiont

  1. :  an organism living in symbiosis; especially :  the smaller member of a symbiotic pair—called also symbiote

  2. sym·bi·on·tic \ˌsim-ˌbī-ˈänt-ik, -bē-\play adjective




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