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ectoparasite

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noun ec·to·par·a·site \ˌek-tō-ˈper-ə-ˌsīt, -ˈpa-rə-\

Definition of ectoparasite

  1. :  a parasite that lives on the exterior of its host

ec·to·par·a·sit·ic play \-ˌper-ə-ˈsi-tik, -pa-rə-\ adjective


Origin of ectoparasite

International Scientific Vocabulary


First Known Use: 1861


Medical Dictionary

ectoparasite

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noun ec·to·par·a·site \ˌek-tō-ˈpar-ə-ˌsīt\

Medical Definition of ectoparasite

  1. :  a parasite that lives on the exterior of its host—compare endoparasite

  2. ec·to·par·a·sit·ic \-ˌpar-ə-ˈsit-ik\play adjective




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