phylacobiosis

noun
phyl·a·co·bi·o·sis | \ ˌfiləkōˌbīˈōsə̇s \
plural phylacobioses

Definition of phylacobiosis 

: 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

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Other words from phylacobiosis

phylacobiotic \¦⸗⸗⸗ˌbī¦ätik -bē¦- \ adjective

History and Etymology for phylacobiosis

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

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