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Commensalism

/kəˈmensəˌlizəm/ Noun 1. A class of relationship between two organisms where one organism benefits without affecting the other. It compares with mutualism, in which both organisms benefit, amensalism, where one is harmed while the other is unaffected, and parasitism, where one benefits while the other is harmed. (wikipedia.org) 2. A sharing of the same environment by two organisms where one species benefits and the other is unaffected. An example is barnacles on whales. (wiktionary.org) 3. An association between two organisms in which one benefits and the other derives neither benefit nor harm. (Google Dictionary) 4. The relation between two different kinds of organisms when one receives benefits from the other without damaging it. (wordnetweb.princeton.edu) 5. A relation between two kinds of organisms in which one obtains food or other benefits from the other without damaging or benefiting it. (merriam-webster.com) 6. The act of eating together; table fellowship. (wiktionary.org) Word origin: From Medieval Latin commensalis, from com- “together” + mensa (genitive mensalis)...

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Communicable

/kəˈmyo͞onikəbəl/ Adjective 1. Capable of being communicated or transmitted; said especially of disease. (biology-online.org) 2. Able to be communicated to others. (Google Dictionary) 3. (of a disease) Able to be transmitted from one sufferer to another; contagious or infectious. (Google...

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Community

/kəˈmyo͞onitē/ Noun, pl. communities (General) 1. A locality inhabited by a group of any size whose members use a common language, manners, law, culture and tradition. (biology-online.org) 2. A social group sharing common characteristics or interests, sometimes regardless of their location. (biology-online.org) 3. A social unit larger than a small village that shares common values. The term can also refer to the national community or international community. (wikipedia.org) (Biology) 4. An ecological unit composed of a group of organisms or a population of different species occupying a particular area, usually interacting with each other and their environment. (biology-online.org) 5. A community is a group of interacting living organisms sharing a populated environment. (wikipedia.org)   Word origin: From Old French communité (French: communauté), from Classical Latin communitas, from commūnis...

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