Definitive host



(parasitology) The host at which the parasite spends its final developmental stage, and reaches its mature form


The definitive host refers to the organism wherein the parasite reaches its mature form. Thus, the parasite at this stage is typically capable of reproduction.

For example, human tapeworm makes use of human as its definitive host.



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