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trophallaxis

[trof-uh-lak-sis, troh-fuh-] /ˌtrɒf əˈlæk sɪs, ˌtroʊ fə-/
noun, plural trophallaxes
[trof-uh-lak-seez, troh-fuh-] /ˌtrɒf əˈlæk siz, ˌtroʊ fə-/ (Show IPA)
1.
(among social insects) the exchange of nutriments or other secretions between members of a colony.
Origin
1915-1920
1915-20; troph- + Greek állaxis exchange, equivalent to allak- (verbid stem of allássein to change; see allo-) + -sis -sis
Related forms
trophallactic
[trof-uh-lak-tik, troh-fuh-] /ˌtrɒf əˈlæk tɪk, ˌtroʊ fə-/ (Show IPA),
adjective
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  • They also practice trophallaxis, the mutual exchange of food and other desirable substances between members of the colony.
British Dictionary definitions for trophallaxis

trophallaxis

/ˌtrɒfəˈlæksɪs/
noun
1.
the exchange of regurgitated food that occurs between adults and larvae in colonies of social insects
Derived Forms
trophallactic, adjective
Word Origin
C19/20: from New Latin, from tropho- + Greek allaxis exchange, from allassein to change, from allos other
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