I preferentially use the ancient Greek ‘sumbios’ for a family of new concepts I am developing.

The term ‘symbiosis’ is a New Latin and German construction of the scientific community in Germany around the late 1800s (although some identify its first use from around 1622).

According to the Concise Oxford Dictionary, the modern term ‘symbiosis’ has its origins in the Greek sumbiosis ‘a living together’, from sumbioun ‘to live together’, from sumbios ‘companion’ or ‘living together’,  plus syn from Greek words such as sunthesus (synthesis), when sun, then later, syn, means ‘to put’.

In order to focus on the social/cultural context of the science of symbiosis, I have used the social origins of ‘sumbios’ to distinguish its applications from bioscientific use.

Upsilon, the twentieth letter of the Greek alphabet (Υ, υ), was transliterated as ‘u’ or (chiefly in English words derived through Latin) as ‘y’.

In early Attic Greek (6th century BCE), it was pronounced [u] (a close back rounded vowel like the English “long o͞o”), hence the pronunciation is:  soombiology, soombiocentric, soombioism, soombiography etc.