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par·a·sit·ism

 (păr′ə-sĭ-tĭz′əm, -sī-)
n.
1. A relationship between two organisms of different species in which one is a parasite and the other is a host.
2. The characteristic behavior or mode of existence of a parasite or parasitic population.
3. Parasitosis.
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parasitism

(ˈpærəsaɪˌtɪzəm)
n
1. (Biology) the relationship between a parasite and its host
2. (Pathology) the state of being infested with parasites
3. the state of being a parasite
4. (Biology) the state of being a parasite
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par•a•sit•ism

(ˈpær ə saɪˌtɪz əm, -sɪ-)

n.
1. a relation between organisms in which one lives as a parasite on another.
2. a parasitic mode of existence.
3. a diseased condition due to parasites.
[1605–15]
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par·a·sit·ism

(păr′ə-sĭ-tĭz′əm)
A symbiotic relationship between two organisms of different species in which one organism benefits and the other is generally harmed. See Note at symbiosis.
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parasitism

a relationship between animals in which one gains sustenance from the other. Cf. commensalism. See also biology; plants.
See also: Animals
a relationship between plants in which one gains sustenance from the other. See also animals; biology.
See also: Plants
the living together of two organisms in a relationship that is beneficial to one and destructive to the other. — parasitic, parasitical, adj.
See also: Biology
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.parasitism - the relation between two different kinds of organisms in which one receives benefits from the other by causing damage to it (usually not fatal damage)
interdependence, interdependency, mutuality - a reciprocal relation between interdependent entities (objects or individuals or groups)
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Translations

parasitism

[ˈpærəsɪtɪzəm] Nparasitismo m
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parasitism

[ˈpærəsaɪˌtɪzm] nparassitismo
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par·a·si·tism

n. parasitismo, infección de parásitos.
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Yet these slurs are also lent a typically Baleian scurrility in the depiction of papists as 'sodomytes' as well as 'hypocrytes' and 'parasytes', whilst Smyth's 'peruart[ing]' Scripture is presented not only as the act of 'treacherous trollars' (sig.