intermediate host

noun

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

Examples of intermediate host in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web While cows were an unexpected addition to the list, federal officials noted last week that affected dairy farms had found dead wild birds on their farms, suggesting that wild birds introduced the virus to the cows, not an intermediate host. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, 3 Apr. 2024 Environmental transmission can involve another step, either an intermediate host or another sort of reservoir where a pathogen can live between infections. Ian Rose, Smithsonian Magazine, 29 May 2024 In this case, the cattle are what is known as the intermediate host since the virus passed from birds to cattle and then to humans. Katia Hetter, CNN, 11 Apr. 2024 Hydatid disease typically follows a dog-sheep-dog pattern, cycling through its intermediate host, the sheep, with the ultimate destination in its definite host, the dog. Rebecca Kreston, Discover Magazine, 26 Jan. 2012 See all Example Sentences for intermediate host 

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Word History

First Known Use

1878, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of intermediate host was in 1878

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“Intermediate host.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/intermediate%20host. Accessed 13 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

intermediate host

noun
: a host that is normally used by a parasite in the course of its life cycle and that may actively carry it from one living thing to another

Medical Definition

intermediate host

noun
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

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