symbiont

[sim-bee-ont, -bahy-]
Also sym·bi·ote [sim-bee-oht, -bahy-] /ˈsɪm biˌoʊt, -baɪ-/.

Origin of symbiont

1885–90; < Greek symbiont- (stem of symbiṓn), present participle of symbioûn “to live together”; see symbiosis, onto-
Related formssym·bi·on·tic [sim-bee-on-tik, -bahy-] /ˌsɪm biˈɒn tɪk, -baɪ-/, adjective
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Examples from the Web for symbiote

Historical Examples of symbiote

  • Yet this little organism is not a parasite, as you might think at first, but a symbiote.

    Planet of the Damned

    Harry Harrison

  • "I hate to think of a magter deprived of his symbiote," she said.

    Planet of the Damned

    Harry Harrison

  • A symbiote—and Dis was the world where symbiosis and parasitism had become more advanced and complex than on any other planet.

    Planet of the Damned

    Harry Harrison

  • The symbiote might produce sugars, scavenge the blood of toxins—there are so many things it could do.

    Planet of the Damned

    Harry Harrison

  • They paid a high price for the symbiote, but it didn't matter to race survival until now.

    Planet of the Damned

    Harry Harrison


British Dictionary definitions for symbiote

symbiont

noun
  1. an organism living in a state of symbiosis
Derived Formssymbiontic, adjectivesymbiontically, adverb

Word Origin for symbiont

C19: from Greek sumbioun to live together, from bioun to live
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symbiote in Science

symbiont

[sĭmbē-ŏnt′, -bī-]symbiote (sĭmbē-ōt′, -bī-)
  1. 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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