symbiotic

adjective sym·bi·ot·ic \ ˌsim-bē-ˈä-tik \

Definition of symbiotic

: relating to or marked by symbiosis:
a : characterized by, living in, or being a close physical association (as in mutualism or commensalism) between two or more dissimilar organisms
  • 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.
b : characterized by or being a close, cooperative, or interdependent relationship
  • 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

symbiotically

play \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.

First Known Use of symbiotic

1875

in the meaning defined above

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Medical Dictionary

symbiotic

adjective sym·bi·ot·ic \ ˌsim-ˌbī-ˈät-ik , -bē- \
variants: also symbiotical play \-i-kəl\

medical Definition of symbiotic

: relating to, characterized by, living in, or resulting from a state of symbiosis

symbiotically

play \-i-k(ə-)lē\ adverb


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