Definition of metabiosis in English:

metabiosis

Pronunciation /ˌmɛtəbʌɪˈəʊsɪs/

noun

Microbiology
  • A form of ecological dependence in which modification of the environment by an organism, especially a microorganism, provides conditions that enable one or more different kinds of organism to grow and multiply. Also: the alteration of the environment brought about by such a relationship.

Origin

Late 19th century; earliest use found in Knowledge: an illustrated magazine of science. From German Metabiosis from meta- + -biosis.