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General term describing the situation in which dissimilar organisms live together in close association. As originally defined, the term embraces all types of mutualistic and parasitic relationships. In modern use it is often restricted to mutually beneficial species interactions, i.e. mutualism. Compare commensalism; parasitism.

Subjects: Biological Sciences.

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