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Living or growing on the external surface of an animal.

ep′i·zo′ism n.


1. (Biology) (of an animal or plant) growing or living on the exterior of a living animal
2. (Botany) (of plants) having seeds or fruit dispersed by animals
ˌepiˈzoism n


(ˌɛp əˈzoʊ ɪk)

living on the surface of an animal.
ep`i•zo′ism, n.
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Adj.1.epizoic - living or growing on the exterior surface of an animal usually as a parasite; "an epizoic plant parasite"
endozoic, entozoic, entozoan - living within a living animal usually as a parasite; "entozoic worms"
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Shield (1992) stated several factors that may help to explain the differences in the prevalence of epizoites between the sexes.
Epizoites on marine invertebrates: with particular reference to those associated with the pycnogonid Phoxichilidium tubulariae Lebour, the amphipod Caprella linearis (L.
Temporal variation of Tubularia indivisa (Cnidaria, Tubulariidae) and associated epizoites on artificial habitat communities in the North Sea.