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Parasite

Definition

noun, plural: parasites

An organism that obtains nourishment and shelter on another organism.


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Parasites can cause harm or disease to their host. They are generally much smaller than their hosts. Examples of parasites are tapeworms, flukes, lice, ticks, etc.


Word origin: Latin parasitus from Greek parasitos (person who eats at the table of another).

Compare: parasitoid

See also: parasitism

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Re: What do you think these are, in my blood?

... your RBCs. I would like to know what the stains are and what led you to do a smear which would make this a lot easier. If it was an intracellular parasite, it would be staining well with Giemsa and we would be able to see some abnormal morphology.

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by daniel.kurz
Mon Dec 09, 2013 4:29 am
 
Forum: Microbiology
Topic: What do you think these are, in my blood?
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Living or not? (viruses,viroids and prions).

... of an ancient, free-living eukaryotic cell. Various genes and structures from that organism have gradually been lost over its long history as a parasite, leaving something that propagates like a virus, but belongs to a distinct lineage from all other viruses that we're aware of. The authors ...

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by Sumanth001
Sun Dec 08, 2013 12:37 pm
 
Forum: Microbiology
Topic: Living or not? (viruses,viroids and prions).
Replies: 15
Views: 9853

Re:

... with this idea. 8) - I remember thinking of trying a similar approach when I started my work in parasitology many years ago: what if cancer-aimed parasites could be used? In principle, it works; in reality, it's hard to develop an actual therapy. How in principle would the parasite attack only ...

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by PeterDow
Wed Oct 30, 2013 3:02 am
 
Forum: Human Biology
Topic: My “Eureka” moment. A cure for cancer.
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Re: Rat's Fecal .

Without telling us how big it is we can hardly guess, but it doesn't seem like bacteria to me. Rather some parasite (egg). I also think that it is a egg . Eggs that came from tapeworms . I saw a article and saw this picture ..... taenia_egg_3.gif It is TAENIA EGG (Kinda weird ...

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by Bio0999
Fri Sep 06, 2013 9:05 am
 
Forum: Microbiology
Topic: Rat's Fecal .
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Views: 927

Rat's Fecal .

Without telling us how big it is we can hardly guess, but it doesn't seem like bacteria to me. Rather some parasite (egg).

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by JackBean
Thu Sep 05, 2013 12:53 pm
 
Forum: Microbiology
Topic: Rat's Fecal .
Replies: 2
Views: 927
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