- 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.
- 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//ˌsɪmbiˈoʊsəs//, NAmE//ˌsɪmbaɪˈoʊsəs//(pl. symbioses
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NAmE//ˌsɪmbiˈɑt̮ɪk//, NAmE//ˌsɪmbaɪˈɑt̮ɪk//adjective a symbiotic relationship
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