[ met-uh-bahy-oh-sis ]
/ ˌmɛt ə baɪˈoʊ sɪs /
a mode of living in which one organism is dependent on another for preparation of an environment in which it can live.
Related formsmet·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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Examples from the Web for metabiosis
He also showed that metabiosis played an important part in nitrification.
It led him to an even more fertile suggestion, that of metabiosis.
Medicine definitions for metabiosis
[ mĕt′ə-bī-ō′sĭs ]
Dependence of one organism on another for the preparation of an environment in which it can live.
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