symbiogenesis

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From sym- +‎ bio- +‎ -genesis. Coined in German by the Russian lichenologist Konstantin Mereschkowski, in a 1910 paper entitled "Theorie der zwei Plasmaarten als Grundlage der Symbiogenesis, einer neuen Lehre von der Entstehung der Organismen."

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symbiogenesis (countable and uncountable, plural symbiogeneses)

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  1. (biology) The merging of two separate organisms to form a single new organism.

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