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Definition of symbiosis noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

     

    symbiosis

     noun
    noun
    NAmE//ˌsɪmbiˈoʊsəs//
     
    , NAmE//ˌsɪmbaɪˈoʊsəs//
     
    (pl. symbioses
    NAmE//ˌsɪmbaɪˈoʊsiz//
     
    )
    [uncountable, countable]
     
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  1. 1(biology) the relationship between two different living creatures that live close together and depend on each other in particular ways, each getting particular benefits from the other The birds live in symbiosis with the cattle, picking insects from their skin to eat.
  2. 2a relationship between people, companies, etc. that is to the advantage of both She imagined us living in a perfect mother and daughter symbiosis.
NAmE//ˌsɪmbiˈɑt̮ɪk//
 
, NAmE//ˌsɪmbaɪˈɑt̮ɪk//
 
adjective a symbiotic relationship
symbiotically
 
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NAmE//ˌsɪmbiˈɑt̮ɪkli//
 
adverb
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: symbiosis