intermediate host


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intermediate host

n.
An organism in or on which a parasite develops to an adult but not sexually mature stage.

intermediate host

n
(Zoology) an animal that acts as host to a parasite that has not yet become sexually mature

in′terme′diate host′


n.
the host in which a parasite undergoes development but does not reach sexual maturity.
[1875–80]
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Noun1.intermediate host - a host that is used by a parasite in the course of its life cycle
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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The high density of Lymnaea and some other freshwater snails that serve as intermediate host during wet season would have become important source of digenetic infections.
In the United States, the preferred first intermediate host for P.
As the mosquito is an intermediate host, it is the primary means by which heartworms are transmitted.
cantonensis involves the rat as definitive host and a mollusc (snail or slug) as intermediate host.
Scholtz (1991) reported that the first intermediate host of Caryophyllaeid cestodes are the oligochaete worms Tubifex and allied gender.
The lifecycle of the trematode host is complicated, usually having two intermediate hosts; cycling first through a mollusk (almost always a snail), then through a second intermediate host (fish, another snail, etc.
In this case, the sparganum (larvae) can migrate to the muscles of the larger predator fish and mammals, which acquire the disease by eating these second intermediate host fish raw or undercooked.
saginata uses reindeer (Rangifer tarandus) instead of bovids as the intermediate host.
The infection route remains unclear with the apparent absence from Germany, Portugal, and Switzerland of the first intermediate host of C faba, the aquatic gastropod Bythinella austriaca, implying that other organisms might be involved in the parasite's life cycle.
Rodents, birds, insectivores and even human have been reported as intermediate host (Sterba et al.
The second stage larvae, which are short-lived in the intermediate host, have simpler oral regions.
Expelled eggs from the respiratory passages of final host (by coughing or sneezing) are ingested by herbivorous, the intermediate host (Aydenizoz et al.

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