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symbiotic

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EtymologyEdit

From symbiosis, from Ancient Greek συμβίωσις (sumbíōsis), from σύν (sún, with) + βίος (bíos, life).

PronunciationEdit

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˌsɪm.baɪˈɒt.ɪk/, /ˌsɪm.biˈɒt.ɪk/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˌsɪm.baɪˈɑt.ɪk/, /ˌsɪm.biˈɑt.ɪk/
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  • Rhymes: -ɒtɪk

AdjectiveEdit

symbiotic (not comparable)

  1. (biology) Of, or relating to symbiosis; living together.
    A lichen is a fungus with symbiotic algae among its cells.
  2. Of a relationship with mutual benefit between two individuals or organisms.

Usage notesEdit

Although the biologic meaning of symbiotic strictly refers to "living together", regardless of the nature of the relationship, in casual speech the word typically implies a beneficial relationship.

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NounEdit

symbiotic (plural symbiotics)

  1. (astronomy) symbiotic star