Free-living
Free-living Free"-liv`ing, n. Unrestrained indulgence of the appetites as a way of life. [1913 Webster]

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  • free-living — adj. (Biology) Living independently of other organisms; not parasitic or commensal. Note: eating other organisms is not considered dependence in this sense. Syn: nonparasitic, nonsymbiotic. [WordNet 1.5 +PJC] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • free-living — free liv·ing frē liv iŋ adj 1) not fixed to the substrate but capable of motility <a free living protozoan> 2) being metabolically independent: neither parasitic nor symbiotic …   Medical dictionary

  • free-living — [frē′liv΄iŋ] adj. 1. indulging freely in eating, drinking, and similar pleasures 2. Biol. living independently of any other organism: not parasitic or symbiotic …   English World dictionary

  • free-living — index dissolute Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • free-living — adjective Date: 1818 1. marked by more than usual freedom in the gratification of appetites 2. a. not fixed to the substrate but capable of motility < a free living protozoan > b. being metabolically independent ; neither parasitic nor symbiotic… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • free-living — /fri ˈlɪvɪŋ/ (say free living) adjective 1. of or relating to a person who turns their back on obligations or responsibilities in order to indulge their appetites and desires to the full. 2. (of a worm) non parasitic or in a non parasitic stage.… …   Australian English dictionary

  • free-living — free′ liv′ing adj. 1) following a way of life in which one freely indulges one s appetites and desires 2) bio tax a) able to obtain nourishment independently of another organism; neither parasitic nor symbiotic b) capable of motility; not… …   From formal English to slang

  • free-living — /free liv ing/, adj. 1. following a way of life in which one freely indulges the appetites, desires, etc. 2. Biol. noting an organism that is neither parasitic, symbiotic, nor sessile. [1810 20] * * * …   Universalium

  • free-living — adjective Biology living freely and independently, not as a parasite or attached to a substrate …   English new terms dictionary

  • free-living — Not attached or parasitic; capable of independent movement and existence; see sessile …   Dictionary of invertebrate zoology

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