definitive host

noun

Definition of definitive host

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

Examples of definitive host in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Ants infected by a roundworm called Myrmeconema neotropicumturns turn from black to red and strike suicidal berry poses that attract hungry birds, the worm’s definitive host. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "Inside the Forever War Against Parasites Trying To Control Our Brains," 23 Sep. 2019 Dogs and other carnivores are the definitive hosts, and mosquitoes serve as vectors. Marci Robin, Allure, "Woman Discovers the Moving Bump Below Her Skin Is Actually a Parasitic Worm," 22 June 2018

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First Known Use of definitive host

1901, in the meaning defined above

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“Definitive host.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/definitive%20host. Accessed 27 Jan. 2021.

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definitive host

noun

Medical Definition of definitive host

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

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