parasitize

verb par·a·sit·ize \ ˈper-ə-sə-ˌtiz , -ˌsī- , ˈpa-rə- \
|Updated on: 15 Jul 2018

Definition of parasitize

parasitized; parasitizing
: to infest or live on or with as a parasite

parasitization

play \ˌper-ə-sə-tə-ˈzā-shən, -ˌsī-, ˌpa-rə-\ noun

Recent Examples of parasitize from the Web

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'parasitize.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of parasitize

1872

in the meaning defined above

See Words from the same year
NEW! Time Traveler

Medical Dictionary

parasitize

transitive verb par·a·sit·ize
variants: also British parasitise play \-sə-ˌtīz, -ˌsīt-ˌīz\

medical Definition of parasitize

parasitized also British parasitised; parasitizing also British parasitising
: to infest or live on or with as a parasite

parasitization

also British parasitisation play \ˌpar-ə-sət-ə-ˈzā-shən, -ˌsīt-\ noun

Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up parasitize? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

a simultaneous discharge of guns

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Obscure Shapes

  • a-pile-of-three-dimensional-shapes-in-green
  • Something that is ooid is shaped like:
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!