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 (ĕn′dō-sĭm′bē-ō′sĭs, -bī-)
A symbiotic association in which one or more organisms live inside another, such as bacteria in human intestines.

en′do·sym′bi·ot′ic (-ŏt′ĭk) adj.


(Botany) a type of symbiosis in which one organism lives inside the other, the two typically behaving as a single organism. It is believed to be the means by which such organelles as mitochondria and chloroplasts arose within eukaryotic cells
ˌendoˌsymbiˈotic adj


(ˌɛn doʊˌsɪm biˈoʊ sɪs, -baɪ-)

symbiosis in which one symbiont lives within the body of the other.
en`do•sym′bi•ont (-ˌɒnt)
en`do•sym`bi•ot′ic (-ˈɒt ɪk) adj.
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Inside their bodies, the worms harbor endosymbiotic microbes; in exchange for a safe place to live, the microbes use the vent chemicals to produce organic carbon that feeds the tubeworms.
In fact, according to the theory of symbiogenesis, which is increasingly supported by scientific evidence, chloroplasts, the organelles responsible for photosynthesis, are nothing more than endosymbiotic cyanobacteria (Margulis, 1981; Margulis & Bermudes, 1985; Sapp et al.
The earliest endosymbiotic worm fossils are known from Late Ordovician rugose (Elias 1986) and tabulate corals (Tapanila 2004) and are preserved as bioclaustrations.
Endosymbiotic approach: Endosymbionts of ticks are almost unexplored and appear to be a potential target for the control of ticks.
The fact that Parachlamydia is endosymbiotic at 30[degrees]C and lytic at 37[degrees]C suggests that the bacteria present within amoebae in the cooler upper respiratory tract may be liberated when the amoebae reach the warmer lower respiratory tract (9).
The role of endosymbiotic Wolbachia bacteria in the pathogenesis of river blindness.
The endosymbiotic theory is a milestone of 20th-century biology, showing that symbiosis can be a creator of new worlds of organisms, indeed, the very world we know.
Tom Cavalier-Smith, an evolutionary biologist at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, later modified this endosymbiotic model.
exists in an endosymbiotic relationship with their host, being temporarily able to survive and proliferate within gastrointestinal tract (GIT) and finally excreted in the faeces (Hong et al.
Investigating the biodiversity, ecology, and phylogeny of endosymbiotic dinoflagellates in the genus Symbiodinium using the ITS region: in search of a "species" level marker.
Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon synthesized by endosymbiotic archaea can contribute to global warming.
DNA from contaminating external fungi should be eliminated, if possible, prior to determining if there are endosymbiotic fungi associated with a laboratory colony of the Asian citrus psyllid Diaphorina citri Kuwayama (Hemiptera: Psyllidae).