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com·men·sal

 (kə-mĕn′səl)
adj.
Of, relating to, or characterized by a symbiotic relationship in which one species is benefited while the other is unaffected.
n.
An organism participating in a symbiotic relationship in which one species derives some benefit while the other is unaffected.

[Middle English, sharing a meal, from Medieval Latin commēnsālis : Latin com-, com- + Latin mēnsa, table.]

com·men′sal·ly adv.

commensal

(kəˈmɛnsəl)
adj
1. (Biology) (of two different species of plant or animal) living in close association, such that one species benefits without harming the other
2. rare of or relating to eating together, esp at the same table: commensal pleasures.
n
3. (Biology) a commensal plant or animal
4. rare a companion at table
[C14: from Medieval Latin commensālis, from Latin com- together + mensa table]
comˈmensalism n
commensality n
comˈmensally adv

com•men•sal

(kəˈmɛn səl)

adj.
1. (of an animal, plant, fungus, etc.) living with, on, or in another, without injury to either.
n.
2. a commensal organism.
[1350–1400; Middle English < Medieval Latin commēnsālis. See com-, mensal2]
com•men′sal•ism, n.
com•men′sal•ly, adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.commensal - either of two different animal or plant species living in close association but not interdependent
organism, being - a living thing that has (or can develop) the ability to act or function independently
Adj.1.commensal - living in a state of commensalism
biological science, biology - the science that studies living organisms
Translations

com·men·sal

n. comensal, organismo que vive a expensas de otro sin beneficiarlo ni perjudicarlo.
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Ciliates (Thigmotrichida, Ancistrocomidae) are ubiquitous commensal parasites in different oyster species (Cheng 1967).