syntrophism


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syn·tro·phism

(sin'trō-fizm),
State of mutual dependence (with reference to food supply) of organs or cells of a plant or an animal.
[syn- + G. trophē, nourishment]

syntrophism

(sĭn-trō′fĭz′əm) also

syntrophy

(sĭn′trə-fē)
n.
A biological relationship in which microorganisms of two different species or strains are mutually dependent on one another for nutritional requirements.

syntrophism

[sin′trəfiz′əm]
1 mutual dependence for food or other resources.
2 a condition in which two strains of bacteria can grow together in a mixed culture in a medium that would not support either alone. Each strain produces a nutrient required by the other.

syn·tro·phism

(sin'trō-fizm)
State of mutual dependence of organs or cells of a plant or an animal.
[syn- + G. trophē, nourishment]