symbiont


sym·bi·ont

noun \ˈsim-bē-ˌänt\

Definition of SYMBIONT

:  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

sym·bi·ont

noun \ˈsim-ˌbī-ˌänt, -bē-\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of SYMBIONT

: an organism living in symbiosis; especially : the smaller member of a symbiotic pair—called also symbiote
sym·bi·on·tic \ˌsim-ˌbī-ˈänt-ik, -bē-\ adjective

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