hyperparasite

noun

hy·​per·​par·​a·​site ˌhī-pər-ˈper-ə-ˌsīt How to pronounce hyperparasite (audio)
-ˈpa-rə-
: a parasite that is parasitic upon another parasite
hyperparasitic adjective
hyperparasitism noun

Examples of hyperparasite in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Gomez-Zapata, a PhD student at the Aime lab at Purdue University, says that a hyperparasite is a parasite whose host is another parasite. Andrew Wight, Forbes, 26 Dec. 2021 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, 25 Jan. 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

1833, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of hyperparasite was in 1833

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“Hyperparasite.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hyperparasite. Accessed 1 Mar. 2024.

Medical Definition

hyperparasite

noun
hy·​per·​par·​a·​site ˌhī-pər-ˈpar-ə-ˌsīt How to pronounce hyperparasite (audio)
: a parasite that is parasitic upon another parasite
hyperparasitic adjective
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