phylacobiosis

noun phyl·a·co·bi·o·sis \ˌfiləkōˌbīˈōsə̇s\

Definition of phylacobiosis

plural

phylacobioses

  1. :  a mixobiosis in which ants of a particular species live in a termite nest and appear to replace functionally the nasute or soldier caste of the termite

phylacobiotic

adjective

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Origin and Etymology of phylacobiosis

New Latin, from phylaco- (from Greek phylak-, phylax guard) + -biosis


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