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symbiosis

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noun sym·bi·o·sis \ˌsim-bē-ˈō-səs, -ˌbī-\

Simple Definition of symbiosis

  • biology : the relationship between two different kinds of living things that live together and depend on each other

  • : a relationship between two people or groups that work with and depend on each other

Full Definition of symbiosis

plural sym·bi·o·sesplay \-ˌsēz\

  1. 1 :  the living together in more or less intimate association or close union of two dissimilar organisms (as in parasitism or commensalism); especially :  mutualism

  2. 2 :  a cooperative relationship (as between two persons or groups) <the symbiosis…between the resident population and the immigrants — John Geipel>

sym·bi·ot·ic play \-ˈä-tik\ adjective
sym·bi·ot·i·cal·ly play \-ti-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

Examples of symbiosis

  1. The bird lives in symbiosis with the hippopotamus.

  2. Their professional association was one of symbiosis.



Origin of symbiosis

New Latin, from German Symbiose, from Greek symbiōsis state of living together, from symbioun to live together, from symbios living together, from syn- + bios life — more at quick


First Known Use: 1622


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symbiosis

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noun sym·bi·o·sis \ˌsim-ˌbī-ˈō-səs, -bē-\

Medical Definition of symbiosis

plural sym·bi·o·ses \-ˌsēz\play play

  1. 1:  the living together of two dissimilar organisms in more or less intimate association or close union

  2. 2:  the intimate living together of two dissimilar organisms in a mutually beneficial relationship; especially :  mutualism




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