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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Its definitive host is still unknown but earlier phylogenetic analysis suggests that snakes could be a probable definitive host (9).
The adult tapeworm releases eggs into the feces of the definitive host and these eggs may persist for long periods in the environment (Eckert et al.
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.
Definitive host relationships of the helminth parasites of the deer mouse, Peromyscus maniculatus, in the Bonneville Basin of Utah.
Infection of the definitive host occurs at this stage, as the hydatid-containing organs of the intermediate host are ingested by the definitive host.
The adult trematode uses the hind gut of nearshore teleost fish and elasmobranches as a definitive host and location for sexual reproduction.
These are then ingested by the carnivorous definitive host.
The definitive host of the helminth is usually the dog or other canines.
This case study strongly suggests logistic regression has the potential to determine parasite intermediate hosts if definitive host stomach contents can be routinely and adequately sampled and the food items identified to taxa.
and finally infecting the definitive host (a vertebrate).