commensalism

noun
com·​men·​sal·​ism | \ kə-ˈmen(t)-sə-ˌli-zəm How to pronounce commensalism (audio) \

Definition of commensalism

: a relation between two kinds of organisms in which one obtains food or other benefits from the other without damaging or benefiting it

Examples of commensalism in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Other types of symbiosis include parasitism, commensalism, and amensalism. Liz Langley, National Geographic, 25 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of commensalism

1870, in the meaning defined above

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“Commensalism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/commensalism. Accessed 25 Sep. 2021.

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commensalism

noun
com·​men·​sal·​ism | \ -sə-ˌliz-əm How to pronounce commensalism (audio) \

Medical Definition of commensalism

: a relation between two kinds of organisms in which one obtains food or other benefits from the other without damaging or benefiting it

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