[ fawr-uh-see ]
/ ˈfɔr ə si /
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(among insects and arachnids) a nonparasitic relationship in which one species is carried about by another.
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Words nearby phoresy
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British Dictionary definitions for phoresy
/ (ˈfɒrəsɪ) /
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
[ fôr′ĭ-sē ]
A symbiotic relationship, especially among arthropods and some fishes, in which one organism transports another organism of a different species.
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