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Spending all stages of the life cycle on the same host. Used of parasites.
au·toe′cism (-sĭz′əm) n.
1. (Biology) (of parasites, esp the rust fungi) completing the entire life cycle on a single species of host. Compare heteroecious
2. (Botany) (of plants, esp mosses) having male and female reproductive organs on the same plant
[C19: from auto- + -oecious, from Greek oikia house]
auˈtoecism, auˈtecism n
spending all stages of the life cycle on one host, as certain parasitic fungi.
au•toe′cism (-ˌsɪz əm) n.
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|Adj.||1.||autoecious - of parasites especially rust fungi; completing the entire life cycle on a single host; "autoecious rust fungi"|
heteroecious - of parasites; passing through different stages of the life cycle on different host species; "heteroecious fungi"; "heteroecious insects"