antibiosis

noun
an·​ti·​bi·​o·​sis | \ ˌan-tē-bī-ˈō-səs How to pronounce antibiosis (audio) , -bē-, ˌan-ˌtī- How to pronounce antibiosis (audio) \

Definition of antibiosis

: antagonistic association between organisms to the detriment of one of them or between one organism and a metabolic product of another

First Known Use of antibiosis

1889, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for antibiosis

borrowed from French antibiose, from anti- anti- + -biose (in symbiose symbiosis)

Note: French antibiose and the corresponding adjective antibiotique were introduced by the French mycologist Jean-Paul Guillemin (1861-1932) in "Antibiose et symbiose," a paper read to the French Association for the Advancement of the Sciences on August 11, 1889 (Association française pour l'avancement des sciences, Compte rendu de la 18me session, Paris, 1889, 2. partie, Notes et Mémoires, Paris, 1890), pp. 525-43.

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“Antibiosis.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/antibiosis. Accessed 2 Dec. 2020.

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antibiosis

noun
an·​ti·​bi·​o·​sis | \ ˌant-i-bī-ˈō-səs, ˌan-ˌtī-; ˌant-i-bē- How to pronounce antibiosis (audio) \
plural antibioses\ -​ˌsēz How to pronounce antibioses (audio) \

Medical Definition of antibiosis

: antagonistic association between organisms to the detriment of one of them or between one organism and a metabolic product of another

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