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phoresy

[fawr-uh-see] /ˈfɔr ə si/
noun, Zoology
1.
(among insects and arachnids) a nonparasitic relationship in which one species is carried about by another.
Origin
1920-1925
1920-25; < Neo-Latin phoresia < Greek phórēs(is) a wearing (phorē-, verbid stem of phoreîn, durative of phérein to bear1 + -sis -sis) + -ia -y3
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  • phoresy one animal attaching to another animal for transportation only.
British Dictionary definitions for phoresy

phoresy

/ˈfɒrəsɪ/
noun
1.
an association in which one animal clings to another to ensure movement from place to place, as some mites use some insects
Word Origin
C20: from New Latin phoresia, from Greek phorēsis, from pherein to carry
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Word Origin and History for phoresy
n.

1914, from French phorésie (1896), from Greek phoresis "being carried," from pherein "to carry" (see infer).

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phoresy in Medicine

phoresy phor·e·sy (fôr'ĭ-sē)
n.
A symbiotic relationship, especially among arthropods and some fishes, in which one organism transports another organism of a different species.

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Encyclopedia Article for phoresy

transportation of one organism by another, more mobile one. The term is not applied to a parasitic relationship, but minute parasites may use this means of transport to colonize new hosts. For example, feather lice accomplish phoresy by clinging to the body hairs of blood-sucking flies

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