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 (sĭm′bē-ō′sĭs, -bī-)
n. pl. sym·bi·o·ses (-sēz)
1. Biology A close, prolonged association between two or more different organisms of different species that may, but does not necessarily, benefit each member.
2. A relationship of mutual benefit or dependence.

[Greek sumbiōsis, companionship, from sumbioun, to live together, from sumbios, living together : sun-, syn- + bios, life; see gwei- in Indo-European roots.]

sym′bi·ot′ic (-ŏt′ĭk), sym′bi·ot′i·cal (-ĭ-kəl) adj.
sym′bi·ot′i·cal·ly adv.


(Biology) in a symbiotic manner
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Adv.1.symbiotically - in a symbiotic manner
biological science, biology - the science that studies living organisms
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2) Major evolutionary transitions: Sometimes, when group selection within an entity evolves to where internal dissension is minimal, it can join symbiotically with other groups to form a new entity that then competes at a higher level of organization.
Then, in the next, he becomes a moving piece of furniture as he symbiotically joins with his camera.
The process also symbiotically transfers the nutritional qualities of the mushroom directly into the tea leaves, the most notable nutrient being beta-Glucans.
Similarly, the explosive wave of innovation that put Silicon Valley on the innovation map in the 1990s erupted almost symbiotically with the emergence of Starbucks and Peet's Coffee & Tea, and their new dedication to coffeehouse culture.
Moreover, we learn that America is a liberal nation, with conservatism being sometimes a pathological reaction to the modern world and other times a healthy partner with liberalism, like the oxpecker bird living symbiotically with the rhinoceros.
He does argue that "the respective objectives that emerge in their ethical writings turn out symbiotically to serve one another in ways not previously considered" (237).
The "what" is also linked explicitly and symbiotically with the "who" in order to best provide a meaningful assessment of the child's sensory abilities and developmental needs, first as a child within a given family and then as a child with visual impairment.
We will create and symbiotically use natural eco-materials for healthier indoor environments through hygrothermal (heat and moisture) regulation and the removal airborne contaminants through both chemical capture and photocatalysis.
Pension fund assets often grow symbiotically with the respective size of the country's economy--which has certainly been the case in Nigeria.
Scientists at Ohio State University, Columbus, have discovered that tiny reef-forming animals that live symbiotically with algae are better able to recover from yearly bouts of heat stress--called "bleaching"--when they keep large energy reserves (mostly as fat) socked away in their cells.
factual history and the human condition symbiotically exist" (p.