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

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Recent Examples on the Web This study theorizes that C. auris was an environmental fungus initially found in wetlands and may have had an intermediate host like a sea bird and then been passed to humans. Jen Christensen, CNN, "Climate crisis might be behind the rise of mysterious superbug C. auris, study suggests," 23 July 2019 The hosting rat eventually poops out the young parasites, which then get gobbled up by feces-feasting snails and slugs (intermediate hosts). Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Hawaii warns tourists of parasitic worm that can burrow into human brains," 30 May 2019

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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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