metabiosis

noun
meta·​bi·​o·​sis | \ ˌmet-ə-bī-ˈō-səs How to pronounce metabiosis (audio) \
plural metabioses\ -​ˈō-​sēz How to pronounce metabioses (audio) \

Medical Definition of metabiosis

: a mode of life in which one organism so depends on another that it cannot flourish unless the latter precedes and influences the environment favorably

Other Words from metabiosis

metabiotic \ -​ˈät-​ik How to pronounce metabiotic (audio) \ adjective
metabiotically \ -​i-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce metabiotically (audio) \ adverb

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“Metabiosis.” The Merriam-Webster.com Medical Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/medical/metabiosis. Accessed 5 December 2019.

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