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Facultative parasite


noun, plural: facultative parasites

An organism that lives independent of a host but may occasionally be parasitic under certain conditions.


It is normally saprophytic or lives freely but can become parasitic on certain occasions, such as the flea.

Compare: obligate parasite.
See also: parasite.

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Successful parasite

It had to b B . Think like a parasite ( I can easily do it :lol: ), You want your genes to survive for eternity, ... host. And not D because it's not good enough, you might outlive the host being a facultative parasite, but even such parasites want to use the host as much as possible ...

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by GreenDog
Tue Sep 27, 2005 9:03 am
Forum: Microbiology
Topic: Successful parasite
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