[ sim-bee-ont, -bahy- ]
/ ˈsɪm biˌɒnt, -baɪ- /
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an organism living in a state of symbiosis.
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Also sym·bi·ote [sim-bee-oht, -bahy-]. /ˈsɪm biˌoʊt, -baɪ-/.
Origin of symbiont
OTHER WORDS FROM symbiontsym·bi·on·tic [sim-bee-on-tik, -bahy-], /ˌsɪm biˈɒn tɪk, -baɪ-/, adjective
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How to use symbiont in a sentence
The "intracellular symbionts" of some Blattidae, their nature and behavior.
These are called symbionts or symbiotic parasites and the mutual relationship symbiosis.The Fundamentals of Bacteriology|Charles Bradfield Morrey
The role of symbionts as sources of vitamins and growth factors for their insect hosts.
Growth of the intracellular symbionts of the cockroach, Periplaneta americana.
Cultivation and classification of "bacteroides," "symbionts," or "rickettsiae" of Blattella germanica.
British Dictionary definitions for symbiont
/ (ˈsɪmbɪˌɒnt) /
an organism living in a state of symbiosis
Derived forms of symbiontsymbiontic, adjectivesymbiontically, adverb
Word Origin for symbiont
C19: from Greek sumbioun to live together, from bioun to live
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Scientific definitions for symbiont
symbiote (sĭm′bē-ōt′, -bī-)
[ sĭm′bē-ŏnt′, -bī- ]
An organism in a symbiotic relationship. In cases in which a distinction is made between two interacting organisms, the symbiont is the smaller of the two and is always a beneficiary in the relationship, while the larger organism is the host and may or may not derive a benefit. See also host parasite.
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