definitive host

noun

Definition of definitive host

:the host in which the sexual reproduction of a parasite takes place — compare intermediate host 1

First Known Use of definitive host

1901


Medical Dictionary

definitive host

noun

medical Definition of definitive host

:the host in which the sexual reproduction of a parasite takes place — compare intermediate host 1

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