Definition of Symbiosis

1. Noun. The relation between two different species of organisms that are interdependent; each gains benefits from the other.

Exact synonyms: Mutualism
Generic synonyms: Interdependence, Interdependency, Mutuality
Specialized synonyms: Trophobiosis
Derivative terms: Symbiotic



Definition of Symbiosis

1. n. The living together in more or less imitative association or even close union of two dissimilar organisms. In a broad sense the term includes parasitism, or antagonistic, or antipathetic, symbiosis, in which the association is disadvantageous or destructive to one of the organisms, but ordinarily it is used of cases where the association is advantageous, or often necessary, to one or both, and not harmful to either. When there is bodily union (in extreme cases so close that the two form practically a single body, as in the union of algæ and fungi to form lichens, and in the inclusion of algæ in radiolarians) it is called conjunctive symbiosis; if there is no actual union of the organisms (as in the association of ants with myrmecophytes), disjunctive symbiosis.

Definition of Symbiosis

1. Noun. A relationship of mutual benefit. ¹

2. Noun. (biology) A close, prolonged association between two or more organisms of different species, regardless of benefit to the members. ¹

3. Noun. (possibly obsolete) The state of people living together in community. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Symbiosis

1. [n -BIOSES]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Symbiosis

sylvites
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syma
symar
symars
symbal
symbals
symbiogeneses
symbiogenesis
symbiogenetic
symbion
symbions
symbiont
symbionts
symbioses
symbiosis (current term)
symbiot
symbiote
symbiotes
symbiotic
symbiotic star
symbiotically
symbiotics
symbiots
symbol
symbol-worship
symbolatry
symbole
symboled
symboles

Literary usage of Symbiosis

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1. A Textbook of Botany for Colleges and Universities by John Merle Coulter, Charles Reid Barnes, Henry Chandler Cowles (1911)
"symbiosis. — When two or more diverse organisms live together in more or less intimate relationship, the phenomenon is termed symbiosis, and the individual ..."

2. A Textbook of Botany for Colleges and Universities by John Merle Coulter, Charles Reid Barnes, Henry Chandler Cowles (1911)
"symbiosis. — When two or more diverse organisms live together in more or less intimate relationship, the phenomenon is termed symbiosis, and the individual ..."

3. Bacteria in Relation to Plant Diseases by Erwin Frink Smith (1911)
"symbiosis. symbiosis according to its Greek derivation is simply life with ... This, of course, is not symbiosis. Parasitism also is life with another, ..."

4. The American Naturalist by American Society of Naturalists, Essex Institute (1908)
"In most cases of symbiosis, one of the symbionts is a fungus, but this is not always so. Certain of the Schizo- phyceae or blue green algae are very ..."

5. Microbiology: A Text-book of Microörganisms, General and Applied by Charles Edward Marshall (1911)
"Generally three main cases are distinguished: symbiosis, where two organisms profit by the ... symbiosis. symbiosis is not very common among microorganisms, ..."

6. Microbiology: A Text-book of Microörganisms, General and Applied by Charles E. Marshall (1921)
"Generally three main cases are distinguished: symbiosis, where two organisms profit by the ... symbiosis symbiosis is not very common among microorganisms, ..."

7. Organic Dependence and Disease: Their Origin and Significance by John Mason Clarke (1921)
"RELATION OF symbiosis TO PARASITISM We have intimated, and it seems a natural presumption, that parasitism, by which is meant an adaptation in which one ..."

8. Organic Dependence and Disease: Their Origin and Significance by John Mason Clarke (1921)
"RELATION OF symbiosis TO PARASITISM We have intimated, and it seems a natural presumption, that parasitism, by which is meant an adaptation in which one ..."

9. A Textbook of Botany for Colleges and Universities by John Merle Coulter, Charles Reid Barnes, Henry Chandler Cowles (1911)
"symbiosis. — When two or more diverse organisms live together in more or less intimate relationship, the phenomenon is termed symbiosis, and the individual ..."

10. A Textbook of Botany for Colleges and Universities by John Merle Coulter, Charles Reid Barnes, Henry Chandler Cowles (1911)
"symbiosis. — When two or more diverse organisms live together in more or less intimate relationship, the phenomenon is termed symbiosis, and the individual ..."

11. Bacteria in Relation to Plant Diseases by Erwin Frink Smith (1911)
"symbiosis. symbiosis according to its Greek derivation is simply life with ... This, of course, is not symbiosis. Parasitism also is life with another, ..."

12. The American Naturalist by American Society of Naturalists, Essex Institute (1908)
"In most cases of symbiosis, one of the symbionts is a fungus, but this is not always so. Certain of the Schizo- phyceae or blue green algae are very ..."

13. Microbiology: A Text-book of Microörganisms, General and Applied by Charles Edward Marshall (1911)
"Generally three main cases are distinguished: symbiosis, where two organisms profit by the ... symbiosis. symbiosis is not very common among microorganisms, ..."

14. Microbiology: A Text-book of Microörganisms, General and Applied by Charles E. Marshall (1921)
"Generally three main cases are distinguished: symbiosis, where two organisms profit by the ... symbiosis symbiosis is not very common among microorganisms, ..."

15. Organic Dependence and Disease: Their Origin and Significance by John Mason Clarke (1921)
"RELATION OF symbiosis TO PARASITISM We have intimated, and it seems a natural presumption, that parasitism, by which is meant an adaptation in which one ..."

16. Organic Dependence and Disease: Their Origin and Significance by John Mason Clarke (1921)
"RELATION OF symbiosis TO PARASITISM We have intimated, and it seems a natural presumption, that parasitism, by which is meant an adaptation in which one ..."

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