definitive host


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definitive host

n.
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
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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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procyonis is a roundworm parasite of the North American raccoon (Procyon lotor), the definitive host.
These parasites manipulate different behaviors that are believed to be specific to the definitive host species (Tain et al.
Humans act as an accidental intermediate host; infected after ingesting viable oncosphere-containing eggs, which have been shed in the faeces of the definitive host.
A large number of metacestodes in the intermediate host does not only increase the likelihood of successful infection of the definitive host but also causes the rodent to move in a clumsier manner and, thus, being more vulnerable and more easily detectable by its predators (Combes 2001, Poulin 2007).
In the definitive host, Thelazia have been found in various tissues of orbit (or socket) of eye, including within eyelids, in tear glands, tear ducts or so called 'third eyelid' (nictitating membrane) or in eyeball itself (Shen et al.
Humans get infected through contact with the definitive host or ingesting contaminated soil, water, and vegetables [3].
The adult worm lives in the intestine of the definitive host which includes dogs and other carnivorous animals.
However, the load of infection in rats/mice is not dependent on the seasonal variations rather on the presence and contact of intermediate host with definitive host.
6] In lifecycle of Wuchereria bancrofti, man is a definitive host and culex mosquito is an intermediate host.
Malaria parasite infection in humans has been called the strongest known force for evolutionary selection in the recent history of the human genome, and I hypothesize that a similar statement may apply to the mosquito vector, which is the definitive host of the malaria parasite.