commensalism

noun
com·men·sal·ism | \kə-ˈmen(t)-sə-ˌli-zəm \

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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1870, in the meaning defined above

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commensalism

noun
com·men·sal·ism | \-sə-ˌliz-əm \

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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