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Spending different stages of the life cycle on different, usually unrelated hosts. Used of parasites.
het′er·oe′cism (-sĭz′əm) n.
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(Biology) (of parasites, esp rust fungi) undergoing different stages of the life cycle on different host species. Compare autoecious
[from hetero- + -oecious, from Greek oikia house]
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|Adj.||1.||heteroecious - of parasites; passing through different stages of the life cycle on different host species; "heteroecious fungi"; "heteroecious insects"|
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