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
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.
In an extraordinary example of symbiosis, two entirely different outcasts of human aggression — war and entrapment — are somehow helping each other to find their way again.
The aforementioned magical kind of symbiosis that will be necessary to propel Update back to prominence is hard to predict, and there may be a few bumps along the way, but with Jost and Che the possibility of something special is certainly there.
The trial highlighted the nation's divisions over the war, the Bush White House's intolerance of critics and the uneasy symbiosis between an elite tier of Washington journalists and their confidential sources inside the government.
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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."
Origin and Etymology of symbiosis
New Latin, from German Symbiose, from Greek symbiōsis state of living together, from symbioun to live together, from symbios living together, from syn- + bios life — more at quick
First Known Use: 1877
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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