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mu·tu·al·ism

 (myo͞o′cho͞o-ə-lĭz′əm)
n.
An association between two organisms of different species in which each member benefits.

mu′tu·al·ist n.
mu′tu·al·is′tic adj.

mutualism

(ˈmjuːtʃʊəˌlɪzəm)
n
(Biology) another name for symbiosis
ˈmutualist n, adj
ˌmutualˈistic adj

mu•tu•al•ism

(ˈmyu tʃu əˌlɪz əm)

n.
a relationship between two species of organisms in which both benefit from the association.
[1860–65]
mu′tu•al•ist, n.
mu`tu•al•is′tic, adj.

mu·tu·al·ism

(myo͞o′cho͞o-ə-lĭz′əm)
A symbiotic relationship between two organisms of different species in which each member benefits. See Note at symbiosis.

mutualism

the living together of two organisms in a mutually beneficial relationship.
See also: Biology
the principle or practice of mutual dependence as the condition of individual and social welfare. — mutualist, n.
See also: Behavior
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.mutualism - the relation between two different species of organisms that are interdependent; each gains benefits from the other
interdependence, interdependency, mutuality - a reciprocal relation between interdependent entities (objects or individuals or groups)
trophobiosis - a symbiotic relation in which one organism protects the other in return for some kind of food product
Translations

mutualism

[ˈmjuːtjʊəˌlɪzm] nsimbiosi f mutualistica
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While its members have traditionally been uniformly assumed to be degraders of litter, wood and other dead biological matter, very recent research has suggested that several members could in fact be parasitically or mutualistically biotrophic with plants.
EPNs are mutualistically associated with bacteria of the genera Xenorhabdus and Photorhabdus, which are voided from the nematode intestine into the hemolymph, propagate and kill the host insect by septicemia, usually within 48 h when infect susceptible hosts such as Galleria mellonella (Griffin et al.
This finding further supports the convergent abilities of Xenorhabdus and Photorhabdus to mutualistically associate with their respective nematodes (Chaston et al, 2011).