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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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The expansion of gene families related to immune recognition, endocytosis and caspase-mediated apoptosis indicates the mussel's adaptation to the presence of chemoautotrophic endosymbionts in its gills.
Like many arthropods, whitefly possess different primary and secondary endosymbionts depending on ecological zone and biotype.
In line with these observations, I recently isolated and cultivated a free-living amoeba species naturally harbouring TM6 bacteria as endosymbionts, making it the first TM6 bacterium isolated with its natural host, and the second worldwide to be cultivated in laboratory conditions.
portiere endosymbionts was conducted by using polymerase chain reaction with universal primers for 16SrDNA within Pakistani whitefly population collected from different cotton growing areas of the Punjab, further analysed by cloning of the PCR products, RFLP analysis.
Other species are endosymbionts of marine animals and protozoa, and play an important part in the biology of coral reefs.
In the fusion of these two endosymbionts both reductive and oxidative environments were exploited, giving the combination an evolutionary advantage.
Aphids contain bacteria (endosymbionts) that convert sugar into amino acids that are essential for the aphids' survival (Dadd 1985), and in extreme temperatures, the endosymbionts can be eliminated, impairing the production of amino acids (Ohtaka & Ishikawa 1991) and causing aphid mortality (Davis et al.