- an organism living in a state of symbiosis.
Also sym·bi·ote [sim-bee-oht, -bahy-] /ˈsɪm biˌoʊt, -baɪ-/.
Origin of symbiont
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Yet this little organism is not a parasite, as you might think at first, but a symbiote.
"I hate to think of a magter deprived of his symbiote," she said.
A symbiote—and Dis was the world where symbiosis and parasitism had become more advanced and complex than on any other planet.
The symbiote lived and flourished in its new environment, well protected by a bony skull in a long-lived host.
The symbiote might produce sugars, scavenge the blood of toxins—there are so many things it could do.
- an organism living in a state of symbiosis
C19: from Greek sumbioun to live together, from bioun to live
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- 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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