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symbiont

[sim-bee-ont, -bahy-]
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noun Biology.
  1. an organism living in a state of symbiosis.
Also sym·bi·ote [sim-bee-oht, -bahy-] /ˈsɪm biˌoʊt, -baɪ-/.

Origin of symbiont

1885–90; < Greek symbiont- (stem of symbiṓn), present participle of symbioûn “to live together”; see symbiosis, onto-
Related formssym·bi·on·tic [sim-bee-on-tik, -bahy-] /ˌsɪm biˈɒn tɪk, -baɪ-/, adjective
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Examples from the Web for symbionts

Historical Examples

  • The role of symbionts as sources of vitamins and growth factors for their insect hosts.

    The Biotic Associations of Cockroaches

    Louis M. Roth

  • Cultivation and classification of "bacteroides," "symbionts," or "rickettsiae" of Blattella germanica.


British Dictionary definitions for symbionts

symbiont

noun
  1. an organism living in a state of symbiosis
Derived Formssymbiontic, adjectivesymbiontically, adverb

Word Origin

C19: from Greek sumbioun to live together, from bioun to live
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symbionts in Science

symbiont

[sĭmbē-ŏnt′, -bī-]
  1. An organism in a symbiotic relationship. In cases in which a distinction is made between two interacting organisms, the symbiont is the smaller of the two and is always a beneficiary in the relationship, while the larger organism is the host and may or may not derive a benefit. See also host parasite.
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