parasitic

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adjective par·a·sit·ic \ ˌper-ə-ˈsi-tik , ˌpa-rə- \
variants: or less commonly parasitical play \ˌper-ə-ˈsi-ti-kəl, ˌpa-rə-\

Definition of parasitic

1 :of, relating to, or being a parasite: such as
a (1) :living on another organism in parasitism
  • Some caterpillars even sport white spots that resemble the eggs of the parasitic wasps that prey upon caterpillars …
  • —Mary Parker Sonis
  • a parasitic yeast/plant
  • Filariasis, caused by parasitic worms in the human lymphatic system and carried in mosquitoes, infects some eighty million people in tropical and subtropical regions of the world.
  • —Wayne Biddle
(2) :caused by or resulting from the effects of parasites
  • a parasitic disease/infection
(3) of a bird :laying eggs in the nest of another bird
  • The cowbird and the cuckoo are parasitic birds.
b :exploiting the hospitality of others :depending on another or others for existence or support without making a useful or adequate return
  • … manipulated and glorified by self-serving, parasitic northern bureaucrats.
  • —Edward Friedman
2 phonetics :of, relating to, or constituting a speech sound that is interposed between two other sounds usually as a by-product of transition from one place of articulation to another
  • The \ə\ in \ˈeləm\ for elm or in \ˈathəˌlēt\ for athlete, the \t\ in \fents\ for fence, and the \b\ and b in \ˈnimbəl\ nimble from Middle English nimel are parasitic.

parasitically

play \ˌper-ə-ˈsi-ti-kəl, ˌpa-rə-\ adverb
    • During sexually quiescent phase, lampreys live simply, communally or parasitically upon other fish.
    • —Earl W. Count
    • … those who live parasitically on the political system …
    • —John Derbyshire

First Known Use of parasitic

1630


PARASITIC Defined for Kids

parasitic

adjective par·a·sit·ic \ ˌper-ə-ˈsi-tik \

Definition of parasitic for Students

:relating to or having the habit of a parasite :caused by parasites
  • a parasitic worm
  • parasitic diseases

Medical Dictionary

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parasitic

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adjective par·a·sit·ic \ ˌpar-ə-ˈsit-ik \
variants: also parasitical play \-i-kəl\

medical Definition of parasitic

1 :relating to or having the habit of a parasite :living on another organism
2 :caused by or resulting from the effects of parasites

parasitically

play \-i-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

2

parasitic

noun

medical Definition of parasitic


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