metabiosis

[ met-uh-bahy-oh-sis ]
/ ˌmɛt ə baɪˈoʊ sɪs /

noun Biology.

a mode of living in which one organism is dependent on another for preparation of an environment in which it can live.

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Origin of metabiosis

First recorded in 1895–1900; meta- + -biosis

OTHER WORDS FROM metabiosis

met·a·bi·ot·ic [met-uh-bahy-ot-ik], /ˌmɛt ə baɪˈɒt ɪk/, adjectivemet·a·bi·ot·i·cal·ly, adverb
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Medical definitions for metabiosis

metabiosis
[ mĕt′ə-bī-ōsĭs ]

n.

Dependence of one organism on another for the preparation of an environment in which it can live.
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