endosymbiosis

noun
en·​do·​sym·​bi·​o·​sis | \ ˌen-dō-ˌsim-bī-ˈō-səs How to pronounce endosymbiosis (audio) , -bē- \

Definition of endosymbiosis

: symbiosis in which a symbiont dwells within the body of its symbiotic partner

Other Words from endosymbiosis

endosymbiont \ ˌen-​dō-​ˈsim-​bī-​ˌänt How to pronounce endosymbiosis (audio) , -​bē-​ \ noun
endosymbiotic \ ˌen-​dō-​ˌsim-​bī-​ˈä-​tik How to pronounce endosymbiosis (audio) , -​bē-​ \ adjective

Examples of endosymbiosis in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Understanding the mechanisms that stabilize symbiotic relationships could provide valuable insights into the first eukaryotes, which seem to have evolved from ancient endosymbiosis. Quanta Magazine, 7 June 2021 If future studies confirm these findings, this mechanism might have significance beyond the context of endosymbiosis. Quanta Magazine, 7 June 2021 The first endosymbiosis occurred when a prokaryote—a single-cell organism without a nucleus—engulfed a bacterium, producing the first eukaryotic cell about 1.7 billion years ago. Viviane Callier, Smithsonian, 23 Oct. 2019 So the easiest solution is often for cells with dissimilar abilities and complementary needs to merge, explains John McCutcheon, an endosymbiosis researcher at the University of Montana. Quanta Magazine, 3 Oct. 2019 Researchers call this type of evolutionary merger between two eukaryotes a secondary endosymbiosis. Viviane Callier, Smithsonian, 23 Oct. 2019

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1932, in the meaning defined above

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endosymbiosis

noun
en·​do·​sym·​bi·​o·​sis | \ ˌen-dō-ˌsim-bī-ˈō-səs How to pronounce endosymbiosis (audio) , -bē- How to pronounce endosymbiosis (audio) \
plural endosymbioses\ -​ˌsēz How to pronounce endosymbiosis (audio) \

Medical Definition of endosymbiosis

: symbiosis in which a symbiotic organism lives within the body of its partner

Other Words from endosymbiosis

endosymbiotic \ -​ˈät-​ik How to pronounce endosymbiosis (audio) \ adjective

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