Parasitism

Definition

noun

A form of symbiosis in which one organism (called parasite) benefits at the expense of another organism usually of different species (called host). The association may also lead to the injury of the host.


Supplement

An example of parasitism is the association between the parasitic tapeworms and the vertebrate hosts.


Related forms: parasitic (adjective)

Compare: parasitoidism

See also: parasitosis


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