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troph·al·lax·is

 (trŏf′ə-lăk′sĭs, trō′fə-)
n.
The transfer or exchange of regurgitated liquid food between individuals of certain social insects such as ants or bees.

[troph(o)- + Greek allaxis, exchange (from allassein, to exchange, from allos, other; see al- in Indo-European roots).]
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trophallaxis

(ˌtrɒfəˈlæksɪs)
n
(Zoology) the exchange of regurgitated food that occurs between adults and larvae in colonies of social insects
[C19/20: from New Latin, from tropho- + Greek allaxis exchange, from allassein to change, from allos other]
ˌtrophalˈlactic adj
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troph•al•lax•is

(ˌtrɒf əˈlæk sɪs, ˌtroʊ fə-)

n., pl. -lax•es (-ˈlæk siz)
the exchange of nutriments or other secretions between organisms, as the members of a colony of social insects.
[1915–20; troph- + Greek állaxis exchange =allak-, variant s. of allássein to change + -sis -sis]
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