hy·​per·​par·​a·​site | \ ˌhī-pər-ˈper-ə-ˌsīt, -ˈpa-rə-\

Definition of hyperparasite

: a parasite that is parasitic upon another parasite

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Other Words from hyperparasite

hyperparasitic \ ˌhī-​pər-​ˌper-​ə-​ˈsi-​tik , -​ˌpa-​rə-​ \ adjective
hyperparasitism \ ˌhī-​pər-​ˈper-​ə-​ˌsī-​ˌti-​zəm , -​ˈpa-​rə-​, -​sə-​ˌti-​ \ noun

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Hyperparasites are parasites that take advantage of other parasites, such as parasitic wasps that lay eggs in other parasitic wasps that in turn lay eggs in caterpillars. Andrew Forbes, National Geographic, "New Crypt-Keeper Wasp Is Parasite That Bursts From Host's Head," 25 Jan. 2017

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First Known Use of hyperparasite

1833, in the meaning defined above

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hy·​per·​par·​a·​site | \ ˌhī-pər-ˈpar-ə-ˌsīt \

Medical Definition of hyperparasite

: a parasite that is parasitic upon another parasite

Other Words from hyperparasite

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

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