- an organism living in a state of symbiosis.
Also sym·bi·ote [sim-bee-oht, -bahy-] /ˈsɪm biˌoʊt, -baɪ-/.
Origin of symbiont
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Historical Examples of symbionts
The role of symbionts as sources of vitamins and growth factors for their insect hosts.
Cultivation and classification of "bacteroides," "symbionts," or "rickettsiae" of Blattella germanica.
- an organism living in a state of symbiosis
Word Origin for symbiont
C19: from Greek sumbioun to live together, from bioun to live
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[sĭm′bē-ŏnt′, -bī-]symbiote (sĭm′bē-ōt′, -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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