en·​do·​par·​a·​site | \ ˌen-dō-ˈper-ə-ˌsīt , -ˈpa-rə-\

Definition of endoparasite

: a parasite that lives in the internal organs or tissues of its host

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Other Words from endoparasite

endoparasitic \ ˌen-​dō-​ˌper-​ə-​ˈsi-​tik , -​ˌpa-​rə-​ \ adjective
endoparasitism \ ˌen-​dō-​ˈper-​ə-​ˌsī-​ˌti-​zəm , -​ˈpa-​rə-​ , -​sə-​ˌti-​ \ noun

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On the right side of the whale, a scientist cutting through flesh pulls out worm-like endoparasites—those would be parasites that live inside their host, common for a whale—and puts them in a plastic baggy. Matt Simon, WIRED, "The Messy, Malodorous Mystery of the Dead 60-Foot Whale," 31 May 2018

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First Known Use of endoparasite

circa 1882, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of endoparasite was circa 1882

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en·​do·​par·​a·​site | \ -ˈpar-ə-ˌsīt \

Medical Definition of endoparasite

: a parasite that lives in the internal organs or tissues of its host — compare ectoparasite

Other Words from endoparasite

endoparasitic \ -​ˌpar-​ə-​ˈsit-​ik \ adjective
endoparasitism \ -​ˈpar-​ə-​ˌsīt-​ˌiz-​əm, -​sə-​ˌtiz-​ \ noun

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