- living in symbiosis, or having an interdependent relationship: Many people feel the relationship between humans and dogs is symbiotic.
Origin of symbiotic
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Symbiotic: species that live together in a state of symbiosis.Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology
John. B. Smith
The peculiar yellow cells which are found in the central capsule of many Acantharia are symbiotic xanthell (see 76).
This would point to the symbiotic character of galls and their guests.Disease in Plants
H. Marshall Ward
The light of one animal at least, and I believe many others also, cannot be due to any sort of symbiotic organism.
Pierantoni has considered the granules to be symbiotic luminous bacteria, but this is certainly not the case.
Word Origin and History for symbiotic
1882, in biology, from symbiosis. Of human activities, from 1951.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- Of, resembling, or relating to symbiosis.
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- 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.
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