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A parasite, such as a flea, that lives on the exterior of another organism.

ec′to·par′a·sit′ic (-sĭt′ĭk) adj.
ec′to·par′a·sit·ism n.


(Biology) a parasite, such as the flea, that lives on the outer surface of its host. Also called: exoparasite
ectoparasitic adj


(ˌɛk toʊˈpær əˌsaɪt)

an external parasite.
ec`to•par`a•sit′ic (-ˈsɪt ɪk) adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.ectoparasite - any external parasitic organism (as fleas)
parasite - an animal or plant that lives in or on a host (another animal or plant); it obtains nourishment from the host without benefiting or killing the host
flea - any wingless bloodsucking parasitic insect noted for ability to leap
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Unfortunately, ectoparasitic mites attack on honeybees, resulting low yield of honey and also cause absconding and swarming (Mahmood et al.
Insecticide avermectin is widely used in Chinese mitten crab cell cultures, the main indication for use of avermectins is infestations with ectoparasitic copepods, avermectin is well-documented as very effective on all developmental stages of the parasites [15].
The results on the attachment sites of the different ectoparasitic groups of the pigeon biset revealed that the largest number of mites and lice is mainly located at the wings.
Tungiasis is an ectoparasitic skin disease caused by the penetration of the pregnant female sand flea Tunga spp.
Keywords: dermoscopy, chigger, Trombicula, entomodermoscopy, mite, ectoparasitic disease
represents the first account of an ectoparasitic species from the Striped Kelpfish and Spotted Kelpfish, as well as the fourth ectoparasitic species reported from the Giant Kelpfish.
Ticks are ectoparasitic vectors of serious, potentially life-threatening diseases such as CCHF, Lyme disease, tularemia, and Q fever.
Black flies (Diptera: Simuliidae) are ectoparasitic insects found where running water is available for egg laying and larval development (Currie and Hunter, 2008).
The influence of brood comb cell size on the reproductive behavior of the ectoparasitic mite Varroa destructor in Africanized honey bee colonies.
Does Gause's rule apply to the ectoparasitic Triatominae?
Incidence of aural haematoma depending upon etiological factor showed ectoparasitic infestation as a main cause followed by otitis externa.