free-living

free-living
free-living free-living adj. (Biology) Living independently of other organisms; not parasitic or commensal.

Note: eating other organisms is not considered "dependence" in this sense.

Syn: nonparasitic, nonsymbiotic. [WordNet 1.5 +PJC]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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