sym·​bi·​ont | \ ˈsim-bē-ˌänt How to pronounce symbiont (audio) \

Definition of symbiont

: an organism living in symbiosis especially : the smaller member of a symbiotic pair

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In other words, can humans cultivate a better terrain for their symbionts? Jason Pontin, WIRED, "The 19th-Century Crank Who Tried to Tell Us About the Microbiome," 15 June 2018 When stressed by heat these symbionts start producing dangerous oxidants. The Economist, "Mass die-offs are driving efforts to create hardier corals," 15 Mar. 2018 Bassler’s first foray into quorum sensing involved Vibrio fischeri, a symbiont that lives inside deep ocean animals. Jeffrey Marlow, WIRED, "The Secret Languages of Microbes," 5 June 2013

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First Known Use of symbiont

1887, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for symbiont

borrowed from German Symbiont, probably altered (after Greek ont-, stem of ṓn, present participle of eînai "to be") from symbiount-, stem of symbiôn, present participle of symbioûn "to live together" — more at symbiosis

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The first known use of symbiont was in 1887

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sym·​bi·​ont | \ ˈsim-ˌbī-ˌänt How to pronounce symbiont (audio) , -bē- How to pronounce symbiont (audio) \

Medical Definition of symbiont

: an organism living in symbiosis especially : the smaller member of a symbiotic pair

called also symbiote

Other Words from symbiont

symbiontic \ ˌsim-​ˌbī-​ˈänt-​ik, -​bē-​ How to pronounce symbiontic (audio) \ adjective

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