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symbiosis (sim-bee-O-sis, -bi-) noun, plural symbioses (-seez)

1. A close, prolonged association between two or more different organisms of different species that may, but does not necessarily, benefit each member.

2. A relationship of mutual benefit or dependence.

[Greek sumbiosis, companionship, from sumbioun, to live together, from sumbios, living together : sun-, syn- + bios, life.]

"People who really know the Carters say you never knew quite where Rosalynn stopped and Jimmy began. That symbiosis proved particularly invaluable at the end of her husband's term." William Plummer, True Believer, People, Jun 12, 2000.

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