free–living

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adjective free–liv·ing \ˈfrē-ˈli-viŋ\

Definition of free–living

  1. 1 :  marked by more than usual freedom in the gratification of appetites

  2. 2a :  not fixed to the substrate but capable of motility a free–living protozoanb :  being metabolically independent :  neither parasitic nor symbiotic a free–living adult hairworm

1818

First Known Use of free–living

1818


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free–living

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adjective free–liv·ing \ˈfrē-ˈliv-iŋ\

Medical Definition of free–living

  1. 1:  not fixed to the substrate but capable of motility a free–living protozoan

  2. 2:  being metabolically independent :  neither parasitic nor symbiotic

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