metabiosis

noun

meta·​bi·​o·​sis ˌmet-ə-bī-ˈō-səs How to pronounce metabiosis (audio)
plural metabioses -ˈō-sēz How to pronounce metabiosis (audio)
: 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 adjective
metabiotically adverb

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“Metabiosis.” Merriam-Webster.com Medical Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/medical/metabiosis. Accessed 20 May. 2024.

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