Definition of antibiosis in English:

antibiosis

noun

Biology
  • An antagonistic association between two organisms (especially microorganisms), in which one is adversely affected.

    See also symbiosis

    ‘The plates were incubated at 28°C and observed for antibiosis after 24 hours in case of yeasts and 96 hours in case of moulds.’
    • ‘The types of resistance bred into resistant hybrids are ‘tolerance’ and ‘antibiosis.’’
    • ‘The direct mechanisms involved in this protective effect include competition, antibiosis, and mycoparasitism.’
    • ‘Antibiosis is often caused by the production of toxic chemicals by the plant.’
    • ‘An example of this process, called antibiosis, is provided by marigold roots, which release chemicals that are toxic to several species of fungi.’

Pronunciation

antibiosis

/ˌan(t)ēˌbīˈōsəs/ /ˌæn(t)iˌbaɪˈoʊsəs/ /ˌanˌtīˌbīˈōsəs/ /ˌænˌtaɪˌbaɪˈoʊsəs/ /ˌan(t)ēbēˈōsəs/ /ˌæn(t)ibiˈoʊsəs/

Origin

Late 19th century from anti- + a shortened form of symbiosis.