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
2 a : reservoir 3
b : vector

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
2 a : reservoir 2
b : vector 2

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