Mutualism definition

myo͝ocho͝o-ə-lĭzəm
An association between two organisms of different species in which each member benefits.
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An association between two organisms of different species in which each member benefits.
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(biol.) Symbiosis with mutual advantage to both or all organisms involved.
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A relationship between two organisms in which each of the organisms benefits. &diamf3; In obligate mutualism the interacting species are interdependent and cannot survive without each other. The fungi and algae that combine to form lichen are obligate mutualists. &diamf3; In the more common facultative mutualism the interacting species derive benefit without being fully dependent. Many plants produce fruits that are eaten by birds, and the birds later excrete the seeds of these fruits far from the parent plant. While both species benefit, the birds have other food available to them, and the plants can disperse their seeds when the uneaten fruit drops.
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Mutualism is defined as a relationship that benefits two organisms, or it is defined as a doctrine in sociology where mutual aid is beneficial to society and the individual.

An example of mutualism is pollination which is when bees take nectar from flowers and then deposit the nectar on another flower.

An example of mutualism is a mutual relationship such as co-ownership of property where both parties benefit.

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(ecology) Any interaction between two species that benefits both; typically involves the exchange of substances or services.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
mutualism
Plural:
mutualisms

Origin of mutualism

  • mutual +"Ž -ism

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