1. adjective /ˌsɪm.baɪˈɒt.ɪk,ˌsɪm.biˈɒt.ɪk,ˌsɪm.baɪˈɑt.ɪk,ˌsɪm.biˈɑt.ɪk/
a) Of, or relating to symbiosis; living together.

A lichen is a fungus with symbiotic algae among its cells.

b) Of a relationship with mutual benefit between two individuals or organisms.
See Also: symbiont, symbiote
2. noun /ˌsɪm.baɪˈɒt.ɪk,ˌsɪm.biˈɒt.ɪk,ˌsɪm.baɪˈɑt.ɪk,ˌsɪm.biˈɑt.ɪk/

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  • symbiotic — 1882, in biology, from SYMBIOSIS (Cf. symbiosis). Of human activities, from 1951 …   Etymology dictionary

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  • symbiotic — adj. Symbiotic is used with these nouns: ↑relationship …   Collocations dictionary

  • symbiotic — (Roget s 3 Superthesaurus) (VOCABULARY WORD) a. [sim bee AW tik] referring to a relationship that is mutually beneficial. Bees and flowers enjoy a symbiotic relationship. SYN.: mutually beneficial, mutually advantageous, give and take,… …   English dictionary for students

  • symbiotic — sym|bi|ot|ic [ˌsımbaıˈɔtık US ˈa: ] adj formal a symbiotic relationship is one in which the people, organizations, or living things involved depend on each other …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • symbiotic — symbiosis ► NOUN (pl. symbioses) Biology ▪ interaction between two different organisms living in close physical association, especially to the advantage of both. DERIVATIVES symbiotic adjective. ORIGIN Greek sumbi sis , from sumbioun live… …   English terms dictionary

  • symbiotic — adjective see symbiosis …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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