[ en-doh-sim-bee-oh-sis, -bahy- ]

  1. symbiosis in which one symbiont lives within the body of the other.

Origin of endosymbiosis

First recorded in 1935–40; endo- + symbiosis

Other words from endosymbiosis

  • en·do·sym·bi·ot·ic [en-doh-sim-bee-ot-ik, -bahy-], /ˌɛn doʊˌsɪm biˈɒt ɪk, -baɪ-/, adjective

Words Nearby endosymbiosis

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British Dictionary definitions for endosymbiosis


/ (ˌɛndəʊˌsɪmbɪˈəʊsɪs) /

  1. a type of symbiosis in which one organism lives inside the other, the two typically behaving as a single organism. It is believed to be the means by which such organelles as mitochondria and chloroplasts arose within eukaryotic cells

Derived forms of endosymbiosis

  • endosymbiotic, adjective

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