What is another word for commensal?

188 synonyms found


[ kəmˈɛnsə͡l], [ kəmˈɛnsə‍l], [ k_ə_m_ˈɛ_n_s_əl]

Synonyms for Commensal:

How to use "Commensal" in context?

The word "commensal" derives from the Latin "commensalis," meaning companion. In biological terms, a commensal is a partner organism that benefits from association with another organism, such as a predator preying on a prey. In terms of ecology and evolutionary theory, commensals are organisms that live in close proximity to other organisms, but do not share a mutual beneficial relationship.

One example of a commensal is the bacterium that lives on the skin of animals, such as humans. This bacterium is beneficial to the host because it helps to protect the skin from infection and promotes cell growth.

Word of the Day

Man (or Girl) Friday