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  1. symbioticadjective

    used of organisms (especially of different species) living together but not necessarily in a relation beneficial to each


  1. symbioticnoun

    symbiotic star

  2. symbioticadjective

    Of, or relating to symbiosis; living together.

    A lichen is a fungus with symbiotic algae among its cells.

  3. symbioticadjective

    Of a relationship with mutual benefit between two individuals or organisms.

  4. Etymology: From symbiosis, from συμβίωσις, from σύν + βίος.


  1. symbiotic

    Symbiosis (from Greek συμβίωσις, symbíōsis, "living together", from σύν, sýn, "together", and βίωσις, bíōsis, "living") is any type of a close and long-term biological interaction between two different biological organisms, be it mutualistic, commensalistic, or parasitic. The organisms, each termed a symbiont, must be of different species. In 1879, Heinrich Anton de Bary defined it as "the living together of unlike organisms". Symbiosis can be obligatory, which means that one or more of the symbionts depend on each other for survival, or facultative (optional), when they can generally live independently. Symbiosis is also classified by physical attachment. When symbionts form a single body it is called conjunctive symbiosis, while all other arrangements are called disjunctive symbiosis. When one organism lives on the surface of another, such as head lice on humans, it is called ectosymbiosis; when one partner lives inside the tissues of another, such as Symbiodinium within coral, it is termed endosymbiosis.


  1. symbiotic

    Symbiotic refers to a close, long-term interaction or relationship between two different species that is mutually beneficial, with each species providing benefits to the other. It can also include relationships where one species benefits while the other is neither helped nor harmed, or even relationships where one species benefits while the other is harmed, referred to as parasitism.


  1. Symbiotic

    species that live together in a state of symbiosis.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of symbiotic in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of symbiotic in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of symbiotic in a Sentence

  1. James HeslinJames Heslin:

    Everyone in Ireland knows someone or knows someone who knows someone who has gone through an abortion in England. The law (in Ireland) is trapping people into situations they don't want to be in. The wire is symbiotic.

  2. Corrie Moreau:

    Although I know there are some people interested in potentially resurrecting this species, I think we have a long way to go before we would be able to actually do this, it would require significant time and financial resources to not only recapitulate its genome, but also establish the required host plants for the larvae and native symbiotic ants. During this time of a global insect decline, I would prefer to see our resources put towards saving those species already endangered or protecting critical habitat.

  3. Jeremy Douglas for advice:

    The symbiotic relationship between the chemical and synthetic drug businesses here in Southeast Asia is undeniable, the surge of meth took a surge of chemicals.

  4. Kualoa Ranch:

    The movie business has been a great symbiotic relationship, the more things that are filmed here the more people go ‘Oh, that’s great. I want to go there.’ It’s a wonderful thing for us.

  5. Steve Vickers:

    This is not surprising; the triads have long had symbiotic links with both the junkets and the entertainment sector.

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