- the living together of two dissimilar organisms, as in mutualism, commensalism, amensalism, or parasitism.
- (formerly) mutualism(def 1).
- Psychiatry. a relationship between two people in which each person is dependent upon and receives reinforcement, whether beneficial or detrimental, from the other.
- Psychoanalysis. the relationship between an infant and its mother in which the infant is dependent on the mother both physically and emotionally.
- any interdependent or mutually beneficial relationship between two persons, groups, etc.
Origin of symbiosis
Related Words for symbiosisbody, living, woman, survival, soul, person, growth, existence, man, teamwork, synergy, unity, partnership, harmony, service, collaboration, aid, assistance, participation, consciousness
Examples from the Web for symbiosis
Contemporary Examples of symbiosis
A professional ballroom dancer and instructor, her name reflects a parallel that runs in both BDSM and dance: symbiosis.Dungeons and Genital Clamps: Inside a Legendary BDSM Chateau
December 20, 2014
He points to the “symbiosis” of plot coming out of character development.Is ‘Satisfaction’ a Love Story That’s Too Real About Sex and Marriage?
September 19, 2014
Regardless, the symbiosis between the Democratic Party and Silicon Valley is, on a real level, disquieting.The GOP’s Huge, Growing Modernity Gap
June 9, 2013
The pig and Kris live in symbiosis, sharing feelings and visions with one another.‘Upstream Color,’ Shane Carruth’s Sci-Fi Drama, Is the Year’s Craziest Film (So Far)
April 6, 2013
Are Anna and Grace opposites doing different things or is there symbiosis?Inside Vogue's Queendom
August 26, 2009
Historical Examples of symbiosis
Symbiotic: species that live together in a state of symbiosis.Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology
John. B. Smith
What illustrations of symbiosis in human society occur to you?Introduction to the Science of Sociology
Robert E. Park
The intracellular bacteria of the cockroach in relation to symbiosis.The Biotic Associations of Cockroaches
Louis M. Roth
Parasitism is unsatisfactory, when the Maker got us started on symbiosis.Voyage To Eternity
Since then numerous other cases of symbiosis have been demonstrated.
- a close and usually obligatory association of two organisms of different species that live together, often to their mutual benefit
- a similar relationship between interdependent persons or groups
Word Origin for symbiosis
1877, as a biological term, "mutually beneficial association of two different organisms," from Modern Latin, from Greek symbiosis "a living together," from symbioun "live together," from symbios "(one) living together (with another), partner," from syn- "together" (see syn-) + bios "life" (see bio-). Given a wider (non-biological) sense by 1921. An earlier sense of "communal or social life" is found in 1620s.
- A close, prolonged association between two or more different organisms of different species that may, but does not necessarily, benefit each member.
- A relationship of mutual benefit or dependence.
- The close association between two or more organisms of different species, often but not necessarily benefiting each member. The association of algae and fungi in lichens and of bacteria living in the intestines or on the skin of animals are forms of symbiosis. Some scientists believe that many multicellular organisms evolved from symbiotic relationships between unicellular ones and that the DNA-containing organelles within certain eukaryotic cells (such as mitochondria and chloroplasts) are the product of symbiotic relationships in which the participants became interdependent. There are four forms of symbiosis: amensalism, commensalism, mutualism, and parasitism.