parasitosis

noun
par·​a·​sit·​o·​sis | \ ˌper-ə-sə-ˈtō-səs How to pronounce parasitosis (audio) , -ˌsī-, ˌpa-rə- \
plural parasitoses\ ˌper-​ə-​sə-​ˈtō-​ˌsēz How to pronounce parasitoses (audio) , -​ˌsī-​ , ˌpa-​rə-​ \

Definition of parasitosis

: infestation with or disease caused by parasites

Examples of parasitosis in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The misguided belief that one’s body is being overrun by worms also has a name: delusional parasitosis. NBC News, "On Facebook, fears of parasites push people to post pictures of feces and pursue dangerous remedies," 14 Nov. 2019 Still others may work with people who suffer from delusions involving the skin — like delusional parasitosis, in which patients vehemently insist that their skin is infected with mites or fleas or other organisms, when in reality none are present. Melissa Dahl, The Cut, "The Science of How Your Feelings Affect Your Face," 21 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of parasitosis

circa 1899, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for parasitosis

New Latin

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“Parasitosis.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/parasitosis. Accessed 29 Mar. 2020.

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parasitosis

noun
par·​a·​sit·​o·​sis | \ -sə-ˈtō-səs How to pronounce parasitosis (audio) , -ˌsīt-ˈō- How to pronounce parasitosis (audio) \
plural parasitoses\ -​ˌsēz How to pronounce parasitoses (audio) \

Medical Definition of parasitosis

: infestation with or disease caused by parasites

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