Definition of symbiotic
- The truffle is a … fungus that forms a symbiotic relationship with its host tree.
- —Robb Walsh
- Termites harbor diverse symbiotic gut microorganisms, the majority of which are as yet uncultivable and their interrelationships unclear.
- —Yuichi Hongoh et al.
- Today, art advisers are as diverse as the clients they help. They often work alone and form intimate, symbiotic relationships with the people they serve.
- —Deborah Gimelson
- Sigal's study … illustrates how reporters' constant need for news and how government officials' need for publicity and favorable coverage for their agencies combine into a symbiotic relationship between Washington reporters and officials.
- —Charles R. Wright
symbioticallyplay \ˌsim-bē-ˈä-ti-k(ə-)lē\ adverb
- Some species of clams … live symbiotically with sulfur-loving bacteria: the bacteria, which live on the clams' gills, get sulfide from the clams, and the clams, in turn, feed on the bacteria.
- —Natural History
- The irony is that the Pentagon and the Soviet Defense Ministry prosper symbiotically.
- —Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr.