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parasitize

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verb par·a·sit·ize \-sə-ˌtīz, -ˌsī-\

Definition of parasitize

par·a·sit·izedpar·a·sit·iz·ing

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to infest or live on or with as a parasite

par·a·sit·i·za·tion play \ˌper-ə-sə-tə-ˈzā-shən, -ˌsī-, ˌpa-rə-\ noun


Circa 1890

First Known Use of parasitize

circa 1890


Medical Dictionary

parasitize

transitive verb par·a·sit·ize

Medical Definition of parasitize

par·a·sit·ized also British par·a·sit·isedpar·a·sit·iz·ing also British par·a·sit·is·ing

  1. :  to infest or live on or with as a parasite

  2. par·a·sit·iza·tion also British par·a·sit·isa·tion \ˌpar-ə-sət-ə-ˈzā-shən, -ˌsīt-\play noun



Variants of parasitize

also British par·a·sit·ise \-sə-ˌtīz, -ˌsīt-ˌīz\play play

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