parasymbiosis


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parasymbiosis

(ˌpærəˌsɪmbɪˈəʊsɪs; ˌpærəˌsɪmbaɪˈəʊsɪs)
n, pl -ses (-siːz)
(Biology) the symbiotic relationship that occurs between certain species of fungi and lichens (which are themselves symbiotic associations between a fungus and an alga)
ˌparaˈsymbiont n
ˌparaˌsymbiˈotic adj