Definition of endosymbiosis in English:

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endosymbiosis

Pronunciation: /ˌɛndəʊˌsɪmbɪˈəʊsɪs/
/ˌɛndəʊˌsɪmbʌɪˈəʊsɪs/

noun

[mass noun] Biology
Symbiosis in which one of the symbiotic organisms lives inside the other.
Example sentences
  • Potential explanations for these patterns are suggested by the biology of this endosymbiosis.
  • It is the host's metabolism that has had to adjust to the conditions of phototrophic endosymbiosis.
  • The two became one organism, an arrangement called endosymbiosis, and swapped some genetic material to create a new hybrid genome.

Derivatives

endosymbiont

noun
Example sentences
  • Genes have recently been discovered in the nuclear genomes of these that appear to have been introduced by an ancestral endosymbiont.
  • Several species of asexual endosymbionts have experienced accelerated rates of molecular evolution relative to their free-living relatives.

endosymbiotic

adjective
Example sentences
  • This would be analogous to the process of endosymbiotic gene replacement that now appears to be common.
  • This demonstrates that these were originally free-living bacteria that have evolved a stable endosymbiotic relationship with eukaryotic cells.
  • In this work, we address the next level of evolution: gene acquisition/replacement related to the endosymbiotic origins of organelles.

endosymbiotically

adverb

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