Of, relating to, or characterized by a symbiotic relationship in which one species is benefited while the other is unaffected.
An organism participating in a symbiotic relationship in which one species derives some benefit while the other is unaffected.
[Middle English, sharing a meal, from Medieval Latin commēnsālis : Latin com-, com- + Latin mēnsa, table.]
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