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metabiosis

noun meta·bi·o·sis \ ˌmet-ə-bī-ˈō-səs \

medical Definition of metabiosis

plural metabioses play \-ˈō-sēz\
: 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

metabiotic

play \-ˈät-ik\ adjective

metabiotically

play \-i-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

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