mutualism

noun mu·tu·al·ism \ ˈmyü-chə-wə-ˌli-zəm , ˈmyü-chə-ˌli- , ˈmyüch-wə-ˌli- \

Definition of mutualism

1 : the doctrine or practice of mutual dependence as the condition of individual and social welfare
2 : mutually beneficial association between different kinds of organisms

mutualist

play \-list\ noun

mutualistic

play \ˌmyü-chə-wə-ˈlis-tik, ˌmyü-chə-ˈlis-, ˌmyüch-wə-ˈlis-\ adjective

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First Known Use of mutualism

1845


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mutualism

noun mu·tu·al·ism \ ˈmyüch-(ə-)wə-ˌliz-əm, ˈmyü-chə-ˌliz- \

medical Definition of mutualism

: mutually beneficial association between different kinds of organisms

mutualist

play \-ləst\ noun

mutualistic

play \ˌmyüch-(ə-)wə-ˈlis-tik, ˌmyü-chə-ˈlis-\ adjective

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