an organism living in a state of symbiosis.
- Also sym·bi·ote [sim-bee-oht, -bahy-]. /ˈsɪm biˌoʊt, -baɪ-/.
- sym·bi·on·tic [sim-bee-on-tik, -bahy-], /ˌsɪm biˈɒn tɪk, -baɪ-/, adjective
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How to use symbiont in a sentence
But first a word on human lice, a noble symbiote who has been working the primate circuit for millions of years.
They paid a high price for their symbiote, but it didn't really matter to race-survival until now.Sense of Obligation | Henry Maxwell Dempsey (AKA Harry Harrison)
The creature in the magters' brains was a true symbiote then, giving something and receiving something.Sense of Obligation | Henry Maxwell Dempsey (AKA Harry Harrison)
The smaller partner has commonly been called a symbiont or symbiote by authors.The Biotic Associations of Cockroaches | Louis M. Roth
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 final product is a man-plant-animal symbiote that is admirably adapted for survival on this disaster world.Planet of the Damned | Harry Harrison
British Dictionary definitions for symbiont
an organism living in a state of symbiosis
- symbiontic, adjective
- symbiontically, adverb
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Scientific definitions for symbiont
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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