symbiotic

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Etymology[edit]

From symbiosis, from Ancient Greek συμβίωσις (sumbiōsis), from σύν (sun, with) + βίος (bios, life).

Pronunciation[edit]

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

Adjective[edit]

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 notes[edit]

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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Noun[edit]

symbiotic (plural symbiotics)

  1. (astronomy) symbiotic star