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Commensal

Definition
noun, plural: commensals
The organism that benefits from commensalism and does not bring any considerable injury or harm (nor benefit) to the host.
adjective
Of or pertaining to commensalism.
Supplement
Examples of commensals are the epiphytes on trees and the barnacles on the shell of the scallops.
Word origin: Latin com– (together) + mensa (table)
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Related term(s):

  • commensalism


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