definitive host

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definitive host

An organism in or on which a parasite reaches sexual maturity.
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Noun1.definitive host - the host in which the sexual reproduction of a parasite takes place
host - an animal or plant that nourishes and supports a parasite; it does not benefit and is often harmed by the association

de·fin·i·tive host

n. huésped definitivo, aquel en el cual el parásito se desarrolla hasta alcanzar la madurez sexual.
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Kiricephalus coarctatus (Pentastomida, tongue worm) is known to utilize snakes as both second intermediate and definitive hosts throughout Central and North America (Riley & Self 1980).
papillorobustus, with a similar life cycle involving the same intermediate and definitive hosts (Helluy 1983a).

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