antipathetic symbiosis
Symbiosis Sym`bi*o"sis, n. [NL., fr. Gr. symbi`wsis a living together, symbioy^n to live together; sy`n with + ? to live.] (Biol.) The living together in more or less imitative association or even close union of two dissimilar organisms. In a broad sense the term includes parasitism, or

{antagonistic symbiosis} or

{antipathetic symbiosis}, in which the association is disadvantageous or destructive to one of the organisms, but ordinarily it is used of cases where the association is advantageous, or often necessary, to one or both, and not harmful to either. When there is bodily union (in extreme cases so close that the two form practically a single body, as in the union of alg[ae] and fungi to form lichens, and in the inclusion of alg[ae] in radiolarians) it is called

{conjunctive symbiosis}; if there is no actual union of the organisms (as in the association of ants with myrmecophytes),

{disjunctive symbiosis}. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]


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  • Symbiosis — Sym bi*o sis, n. [NL., fr. Gr. symbi wsis a living together, symbioy^n to live together; sy n with + ? to live.] (Biol.) The living together in more or less imitative association or even close union of two dissimilar organisms. In a broad sense… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • antagonistic symbiosis — Symbiosis Sym bi*o sis, n. [NL., fr. Gr. symbi wsis a living together, symbioy^n to live together; sy n with + ? to live.] (Biol.) The living together in more or less imitative association or even close union of two dissimilar organisms. In a… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • conjunctive symbiosis — Symbiosis Sym bi*o sis, n. [NL., fr. Gr. symbi wsis a living together, symbioy^n to live together; sy n with + ? to live.] (Biol.) The living together in more or less imitative association or even close union of two dissimilar organisms. In a… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • disjunctive symbiosis — Symbiosis Sym bi*o sis, n. [NL., fr. Gr. symbi wsis a living together, symbioy^n to live together; sy n with + ? to live.] (Biol.) The living together in more or less imitative association or even close union of two dissimilar organisms. In a… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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