par·​a·​si·​tol·​o·​gy | \ ˌper-ə-sə-ˈtä-lə-jē How to pronounce parasitology (audio) , -ˌsī-, ˌpa-rə- \

Definition of parasitology

: a branch of biology dealing with parasites and parasitism especially among animals

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Other Words from parasitology

parasitological \ ˌper-​ə-​ˌsi-​tə-​ˈlä-​ji-​kəl How to pronounce parasitology (audio) , -​ˌsī-​ , ˌpa-​rə-​ \ or less commonly parasitologic \ ˌper-​ə-​ˌsi-​tə-​ˈlä-​jik How to pronounce parasitology (audio) , -​ˌsī-​ , ˌpa-​rə-​ \ adjective
parasitologically \ ˌper-​ə-​ˌsi-​tə-​ˈlä-​ji-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce parasitology (audio) , -​ˌsī-​ , ˌpa-​rə-​ \ adverb
parasitologist \ ˌper-​ə-​sə-​ˈtä-​lə-​jist How to pronounce parasitology (audio) , -​ˌsī-​ , ˌpa-​rə-​ \ noun

Examples of parasitology in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Manning ran samples from the patient through a genetic sequencer, a device that reads the letters that make up an organism's genome; the sequencer was a recent addition to her lab at the Cambodian government's parasitology department in Phnom Penh. Amos Zeeberg New York Times, Star Tribune, 4 Mar. 2021 Though the field of deep-sea parasitology is small, its defenders are passionate. Sabrina Imbler, The Atlantic, 16 Feb. 2021 Mackenzie Kwak, professor of parasitology at the National University of Singapore, is a big proponent of the beneficial uses of parasites and the need to protect them. Eric Niiler, Wired, 13 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of parasitology

1870, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for parasitology

Latin parasitus + International Scientific Vocabulary -logy

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The first known use of parasitology was in 1870

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“Parasitology.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jun. 2021.

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par·​a·​si·​tol·​o·​gy | \ ˌpar-ə-sə-ˈtäl-ə-jē How to pronounce parasitology (audio) , -ˌsīt-ˈäl- How to pronounce parasitology (audio) \
plural parasitologies

Medical Definition of parasitology

: a branch of biology dealing with parasites and parasitism especially among animals

Other Words from parasitology

parasitological \ -​ˌsit-​ᵊl-​ˈäj-​i-​kəl, -​ˌsīt-​ How to pronounce parasitology (audio) \ also parasitologic \ -​ik How to pronounce parasitology (audio) \ adjective
parasitologically \ -​i-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce parasitology (audio) \ adverb

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