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 (păr′ə-sĭ-toid′, -sī′toid)
An organism, usually an insect, that lives on or in a host organism during some period of its development and eventually kills its host.

par′a·sit·oid′ adj.


(Zoology) zoology an animal, esp an insect, that is parasitic during the larval stage of its life cycle but becomes free-living when adult


(ˈpær ə sɪˌtɔɪd, -saɪ-)

1. an insect that hatches within a host, feeds on it during the larval stage, and becomes free-living when the host dies.
2. any organism whose mode of life is intermediate between a parasite and a predator.
3. of or pertaining to a parasitoid.
[1920–25; < New Latin Parasitoïdea (1913); see parasite, -oid]
par′a•sit•oid•ism, n.
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Aphelinidae is one of the many groups of wasps that are koinobiont endoparasitoids, in which the host nearly always dies during parasitoid development.
Associative learning for host-induced fruit volatiles in Psyttalia concolor (Hymenoptera: Braconidae), a koinobiont parasitoid of tephritid flies.
The Microgastrinae were the most abundant in the two environments, however, presenting the largest number of genera in the agrosilvopastoral system; this subfamily is cosmopolitan, highly diversified, comprising koinobiont endoparasitoids, solitary or gregarious on larvae of Lepidoptera (Mason, 1981; Whitfield et al.
brevicornis is a primary solitary koinobiont endoparasitoid of aphids (H.
This koinobiont endoparasitoid is suggested originated from northern India and Pakistan, from which it has been spread to central Asia, Mediterranean area, Africa and secondary to Australia and south America where their introductions have been taken to combat greenhouses aphids (Ode et al.
Venturia canescens is a solitary, koinobiont, thelytokous, endoparasitoid of lepidopterous larvae (Eliopoulos et al.
A koinobiont (allows its host to continue developing) endoparasitoid, it parasitizes the young moth larvae in late summer shortly after they hatch, preferentially attacking 5-7 mm individuals (W.
Parasitoids of medfly, Ceratitis capitata, and related tephritids in Kenyan coffee: A predominantly koinobiont assemblage.