An association of two organisms that enhances the life processes of both. Cf.:antibiosis (1), symbiosis, mutualism. [pro- + G. biosis, life]

Medical dictionary. 2011.

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  • probiotic — 1. noun A food or dietary supplement, such as a yogurt, containing live bacteria for therapeutic reasons. 2. adjective Describing any dietary supplement that contains live bacteria for therapeutic purposes. See Also: probiosis …   Wiktionary

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  • antibiosis — 1. An association of two organisms that is detrimental to one of them, in contrast to probiosis. 2. Production of an antibiotic by bacteria or other organisms inhibitory to other living things, especially among soil microbes. [anti + G. biosis,… …   Medical dictionary

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