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[sim-bee-ot-ik, -bahy-] /ˌsɪm biˈɒt ɪk, -baɪ-/
living in symbiosis, or having an interdependent relationship:
Many people feel the relationship between humans and dogs is symbiotic.
Sometimes, symbiotical.
Origin of symbiotic
Related forms
symbiotically, adverb
nonsymbiotic, adjective
nonsymbiotical, adjective
nonsymbiotically, adverb Unabridged
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  • They are two symbiotic things that when they work together, the purity of truth comes out to all who will listen.
  • The connecting interfaces could be some sort of symbiotic lifeform that was unrelated to begin with.
  • Drawn largely from the museum's collection, the show tracks this symbiotic relationship with spirit and wit.
  • The size of a sesame seed, the third gut contains a dense mush of symbiotic microbes.
  • Today the new media exist in a symbiotic relationship with the old.
  • There must be a symbiotic relationship between the state and the state universities.
  • But the box-office returns accrued by offbeat hits suggest a symbiotic relationship.
  • And even when professionals do collaborate, the process isn't always symbiotic.
  • In a symbiotic relationship, the animals depend on each other.
  • Though anemones are toxic, they are known to enjoy several symbiotic relationships.
Word Origin and History for symbiotic

1882, in biology, from symbiosis. Of human activities, from 1951.

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symbiotic in Medicine

symbiotic sym·bi·ot·ic (sĭm'bē-ŏt'ĭk, -bī-)
Of, resembling, or relating to symbiosis.

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symbiotic in Science
The close association between two or more organisms of different species, often but not necessarily benefiting each member. The association of algae and fungi in lichens and of bacteria living in the intestines or on the skin of animals are forms of symbiosis. Some scientists believe that many multicellular organisms evolved from symbiotic relationships between unicellular ones and that the DNA-containing organelles within certain eukaryotic cells (such as mitochondria and chloroplasts) are the product of symbiotic relationships in which the participants became interdependent. There are four forms of symbiosis: amensalism, commensalism, mutualism, and parasitism.

symbiotic adjective
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