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ectocommensal

[ ek-toh-kuh-men-suhl ]
/ ˌɛk toʊ kəˈmɛn səl /
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adjective

Biology. (of an organism) living in a commensal relationship on the exterior of another organism.

noun

an ectocommensal organism.

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Origin of ectocommensal

First recorded in 1935–40; ecto- + commensal

OTHER WORDS FROM ectocommensal

ec·to·com·men·sal·ism, ec·to·com·men·sal·i·ty [ek-toh-kom-en-sal-i-tee], /ˌɛk toʊˌkɒm ɛnˈsæl ɪ ti/, nounec·to·com·men·sal·ly, adverb
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