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phoresy

[ fawr-uh-see ]
/ ˈfɔr ə si /
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noun Zoology.
(among insects and arachnids) a nonparasitic relationship in which one species is carried about by another.
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Origin of phoresy

1920–25; <New Latin phoresia<Greek phórēs(is) a wearing (phorē-, verbid stem of phoreîn, durative of phérein to bear1 + -sis-sis) + -ia-y3
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British Dictionary definitions for phoresy

phoresy
/ (ˈfɒrəsɪ) /

noun
an association in which one animal clings to another to ensure movement from place to place, as some mites use some insects

Word Origin for phoresy

C20: from New Latin phoresia, from Greek phorēsis, from pherein to carry
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Medical definitions for phoresy

phoresy
[ fôrĭ-sē ]

n.
A symbiotic relationship, especially among arthropods and some fishes, in which one organism transports another organism of a different species.
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