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metabiosis

[met-uh-bahy-oh-sis] /ˌmɛt ə baɪˈoʊ sɪs/
noun, Biology
1.
a mode of living in which one organism is dependent on another for preparation of an environment in which it can live.
Origin
1895-1900
1895-1900; meta- + -biosis
Related forms
metabiotic
[met-uh-bahy-ot-ik] /ˌmɛt ə baɪˈɒt ɪk/ (Show IPA),
adjective
metabiotically, adverb
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met-abiotically in Medicine

metabiosis met·a·bi·o·sis (mět'ə-bī-ō'sĭs)
n.
Dependence of one organism on another for the preparation of an environment in which it can live.

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