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

Examples of intermediate host in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web An intermediate host, such as an itinerant cat, might ferry the virus from humans to deer. New York Times, 7 Feb. 2022 From the beginning, the genomic evidence led most virologists who were investigating SARS-CoV-2 to favor a zoonotic origin involving a jump of the virus from bats to humans, possibly with the help of an intermediate host animal. Stephan Lewandowsky, Scientific American, 16 Feb. 2022 Some scientists are pushing for a more vigorous search for an intermediate host, which, if found, would be strong evidence for natural transmission. Michael Standaert And Eva Dou, Anchorage Daily News, 11 Oct. 2021 And the prevailing scientific opinion is that there as an intermediate host, an animal of some sort, that was infected by a bat or bats and then infected people. Maggie Fox, CNN, 17 Nov. 2021 It also could have been transmitted first to an intermediate host like a civet, for instance, if the civet drank water contaminated with bat feces. Michael Standaert And Eva Dou, Anchorage Daily News, 11 Oct. 2021 Some scientists are pushing for a more vigorous search for an intermediate host, which, if found, would be strong evidence for natural transmission. Michael Standaert And Eva Dou, Anchorage Daily News, 11 Oct. 2021 Although the origin of the virus is thought to be from a wild animal, either directly from a bat or though an intermediate host like a civet cat or a raccoon dog, domesticated and zoo animals haven’t been implicated in the virus’s spread. Michelle Fay Cortez, Fortune, 16 Nov. 2021 Some scientists are pushing for a more vigorous search for an intermediate host, which, if found, would be strong evidence for natural transmission. Michael Standaert And Eva Dou, Anchorage Daily News, 11 Oct. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of intermediate host

1878, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Intermediate host.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/intermediate%20host. Accessed 16 May. 2022.

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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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