A type of symbiosis
where two (or more) organism
s from different species
live in close proximity to one another, in which one member depends on another for its nutrient
s, protection, and/or other life
functions. The dependent member (the parasite
) benefits from the relationship while the other one (the host
) is harm
ed by it.
From the BioTech Dictionary at http://biotech.icmb.utexas.edu/. For further information see the BioTech homenode.