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symbiosis definitions

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

n
1: the relation between two different species of organisms that are interdependent; each gains benefits from the other [syn: symbiosis, mutualism]

Merriam Webster's

noun (plural symbioses) Etymology: New Latin, from German Symbiose, from Greek symbi?sis state of living together, from symbioun to live together, from symbios living together, from syn- + bios life — more at quick Date: 1622 1. the living together in more or less intimate association or close union of two dissimilar organisms (as in parasitism or commensalism); especially mutualism 2. a cooperative relationship (as between two persons or groups) <the symbiosis…between the resident population and the immigrants — John Geipel> • symbiotic adjectivesymbiotically adverb

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. (pl. symbioses) 1 a an interaction between two different organisms living in close physical association, usu. to the advantage of both (cf. ANTIBIOSIS). b an instance of this. 2 a a mutually advantageous association or relationship between persons. b an instance of this. Derivatives: symbiotic adj. symbiotically adv. Etymology: mod.L f. Gk sumbiosis a living together f. sumbioo live together, sumbios companion (as SYN-, bios life)

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Symbiosis Sym`bi*o"sis, n. [NL., fr. Gr. ? a living together, ? to live together; ? with + ? to live.] (Biol.) The living together in more or less imitative association or even close union of two dissimilar organisms. In a broad sense the term includes parasitism, or antagonistic, or antipathetic, symbiosis, in which the association is disadvantageous or destructive to one of the organisms, but ordinarily it is used of cases where the association is advantageous, or often necessary, to one or both, and not harmful to either. When there is bodily union (in extreme cases so close that the two form practically a single body, as in the union of alg[ae] and fungi to form lichens, and in the inclusion of alg[ae] in radiolarians) it is called conjunctive symbiosis; if there is no actual union of the organisms (as in the association of ants with myrmecophytes), disjunctive symbiosis.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

1. Symbiosis is a close relationship between two organisms of different kinds which benefits both organisms. (TECHNICAL) ...the link between bacteria, symbiosis, and the evolution of plants and animals. 2. Symbiosis is any relationship between different things, people, or groups that benefits all the things or people concerned. ...the cosy symbiosis of the traditional political parties.

Moby Thesaurus

accompaniment, accordance, agglomeration, agglutination, aggregation, agreement, alliance, articulation, association, bipartisanship, bond, bracketing, cahoots, clustering, co-working, coaction, coadjuvancy, coadministration, coagency, cochairmanship, codirectorship, coincidence, collaboration, collaborativeness, collectivism, collectivity, collusion, combination, combined effort, commensalism, commensality, common effort, common enterprise, communalism, communication, communism, communitarianism, community, complicity, concatenation, concert, concerted action, concomitance, concord, concordance, concourse, concurrence, confluence, congeries, conglomeration, conjugation, conjunction, connection, consilience, conspiracy, convergence, cooperation, cooperativeness, copulation, correspondence, coupling, duet, duumvirate, ecology, ecosystem, ecumenicalism, ecumenicism, ecumenism, esprit, esprit de corps, fellow feeling, fellowship, gathering, harmony, hookup, intercommunication, intercourse, interlinking, joinder, joining, joining of forces, joint effort, joint operation, jointure, junction, knotting, liaison, linkage, linking, marriage, mass action, meeting, merger, merging, morale, mutual assistance, mutualism, mutuality, octet, pairing, parasitism, pooling, pooling of resources, pulling together, quartet, quintet, reciprocity, saprophytism, septet, sextet, simultaneity, solidarity, splice, symbiotics, synchronism, synergism, synergy, team spirit, teamwork, tie, tie-in, tie-up, trio, triumvirate, troika, unification, union, united action, yoking



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