What is another word for commensalism?

308 synonyms found


[ kəmˈɛnsəlˌɪzəm], [ kəmˈɛnsəlˌɪzəm], [ k_ə_m_ˈɛ_n_s_ə_l_ˌɪ_z_ə_m]

Commensalism refers to a type of symbiosis where one organism benefits while the other is neither harmed nor benefited. Common synonyms for commensalism include mutualism and symbiosis. In mutualism, both organisms benefit from the relationship, while in symbiosis, two or more organisms live together in a closely-related association. Other synonyms for commensalism include partnership, cooperation, coordination, and interdependence. These words all imply close and beneficial relationships between organisms that work together for their mutual benefit. Each of these terms suggests a positive, mutually-beneficial interaction between different organisms in the natural world.

Related words: commensal relationships, symbiotic relationship, commensalism and mutualism, commensalism examples, commensal animals

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    How to use "Commensalism" in context?

    Term "commensalism" was first coined in the 1790s by the French naturalist Jean-Baptiste Lamarck. He used the term to describe the relationship between a predator and its prey, in which the predator consumes the prey but ALSO derives benefits from the presence of the prey. There are three key benefits of commensalism:

    1. The predator can stay more alert and mentally engaged, as it is constantly watching for potential threats.

    2. The predator can save energy, as it's not constantly having to chase down its prey.

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