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symbiont

[sim-bee-ont, -bahy-] /ˈsɪm biˌɒnt, -baɪ-/
noun, Biology.
1.
an organism living in a state of symbiosis.
Also, symbiote
[sim-bee-oht, -bahy-] /ˈsɪm biˌoʊt, -baɪ-/ (Show IPA)
.
Origin of symbiont
1885-1890
1885-90; < Greek symbiont- (stem of symbiṓn), present participle of symbioûn “to live together”; see symbiosis, onto-
Related forms
symbiontic
[sim-bee-on-tik, -bahy-] /ˌsɪm biˈɒn tɪk, -baɪ-/ (Show IPA),
adjective
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  • Yet this little organism is not a parasite, as you might think at first, but a symbiote.

    Planet of the Damned Harry Harrison
  • "I hate to think of a magter deprived of his symbiote," she said.

    Planet of the Damned Harry Harrison
  • A symbiote—and Dis was the world where symbiosis and parasitism had become more advanced and complex than on any other planet.

    Planet of the Damned Harry Harrison
  • The symbiote lived and flourished in its new environment, well protected by a bony skull in a long-lived host.

    Planet of the Damned Harry Harrison
  • The symbiote might produce sugars, scavenge the blood of toxins—there are so many things it could do.

    Planet of the Damned Harry Harrison
  • They paid a high price for the symbiote, but it didn't matter to race survival until now.

    Planet of the Damned Harry Harrison
  • Investigation of possible antagonism between host and symbiote.

  • The smaller partner has commonly been called a symbiont or symbiote by authors.

  • They paid a high price for their symbiote, but it didn't really matter to race-survival until now.

    Sense of Obligation Henry Maxwell Dempsey (AKA Harry Harrison)
  • Yet this little organism is not a parasite as you might think at first, but a symbiote.

    Sense of Obligation Henry Maxwell Dempsey (AKA Harry Harrison)
British Dictionary definitions for symbiote

symbiont

/ˈsɪmbɪˌɒnt/
noun
1.
an organism living in a state of symbiosis
Derived Forms
symbiontic, adjective
symbiontically, adverb
Word Origin
C19: from Greek sumbioun to live together, from bioun to live
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symbiote in Science
symbiont (sĭm'bē-ŏnt', -bī-) or symbiote
  (sĭm'bē-ŏnt', -bī-)   
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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