amensalism [%PREMIUM_LINK%] (ā-měn'sə-lĭz'əm) Pronunciation Key |
A symbiotic relationship in which one organism is harmed or inhibited and the other is unaffected. Examples of amensalism include the shading out of one plant by a taller and wider one and the inhibition of one plant by the secretions of another (known as allelopathy). Compare commensalism, mutualism, parasitism.
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