Definition of endosymbiotic in US English:

endosymbiotic

adjective

Biology
  • See endosymbiosis

    • ‘This demonstrates that these were originally free-living bacteria that have evolved a stable endosymbiotic relationship with eukaryotic cells.’
    • ‘This would be analogous to the process of endosymbiotic gene replacement that now appears to be common.’
    • ‘In this work, we address the next level of evolution: gene acquisition/replacement related to the endosymbiotic origins of organelles.’
    • ‘What series of genetic events accompany the sometimes profound morphological and physiological modifications of endosymbiotic organisms compared to free-living forms?’

Pronunciation

endosymbiotic

/-ˈätik/