trophallaxis

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noun troph·al·lax·is \ˌtrō-fə-ˈlak-səs\

Definition of trophallaxis

  1. :  exchange of food (as from special glands) between social insects (such as ants or termites)

Origin and Etymology of trophallaxis

New Latin, from troph- + Greek allaxis exchange, from allassein to change, exchange, from allos other — more at else


First Known Use: 1918


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