intermediate host

noun

Definition of intermediate host 

1 : a host which is normally used by a parasite in the course of its life cycle and in which it may multiply asexually but not sexually — compare definitive host

First Known Use of intermediate host

1878, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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intermediate host

noun

Medical Definition of intermediate host 

1 : a host which is normally used by a parasite in the course of its life cycle and in which it may multiply asexually but not sexually — compare definitive host

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