Definition of symbiosis
1 : the living together in more or less intimate association or close union of two dissimilar organisms (as in parasitism or commensalism); especially : mutualism
2 : a cooperative relationship (as between two persons or groups) the symbiosis … between the resident population and the immigrants — John Geipel
symbioticplay \-ˈä-tik\ adjective
symbioticallyplay \-ti-k(ə-)lē\ adverb
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Examples of symbiosis in a Sentence
The bird lives in symbiosis with the hippopotamus.
Their professional association was one of symbiosis.
Recent Examples of symbiosis from the Web
The two had met in 1971 at the Hindu temple Tirupati Balaji and entered into a kind of symbiosis.
Michele Caplinger, who heads up the Atlanta chapter of the people who bring you the Grammys, suggested some tuneful symbiosis with the movie industry.
But their personas are created by the symbiosis with the crowd.
Even more so than people and purpose, this symbiosis will fuel the rise of new startup regions and improve geographic diversity.
The contrast between imagination and perception, between fantasy and experience, became, rather, a symbiosis, a fusion, a mutual inspiration.
And the usual symbiosis between a major party’s presidential nominee and its other candidates doesn’t really exist with Trump.
Their work suggests strange and surprising things about our origin and evolution, about health and disease, about symbiosis and risk.
O’Neill was going to have to play matchmaker and create a new symbiosis from scratch.
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Did You Know?
Symbiosis was adopted by the scientific community in the late 1800s, though it had appeared in English in a non-scientific sense as far back as 1622. When a biological symbiosis is mutually beneficial, it is termed "mutualism." For example, when the yucca moth lays her eggs in the seed pods of the yucca, she acts as pollinator, and when the larvae hatch they feed on some, but not all, of the seeds. When one organism lives off another at the other’s expense, it’s called "parasitism." Either way, living together is what "symbiosis" is all about; the word came to us, via German and New Latin, from the Greek symbiōsis, meaning "state of living together." "Symbiōsis," in turn, traces to "symbios" ("living together"), a combination of syn-, meaning "with," and bios, meaning "life."
SYMBIOSIS Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of symbiosis for English Language Learners
biology : the relationship between two different kinds of living things that live together and depend on each other
: a relationship between two people or groups that work with and depend on each other
Medical Definition of symbiosis
1: the living together of two dissimilar organisms in more or less intimate association or close union
2: the intimate living together of two dissimilar organisms in a mutually beneficial relationship; especially : mutualism
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