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Paratenic host

Definition

noun, plural: paratenic hosts

An intermediate host which is not needed for the development of the parasite, but nonetheless serves to maintain the life cycle of the parasite.


Supplement

The difference between a paratenic and reservoir host is that the reservoir host is a primary host, whereas paratenic host serves as "dumps" for non-mature stages of a parasite which they can accumulate in high numbers.


Compare: reservoir host


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... for say such harmful things like acid rain, and they serve as phoretic/paratenic host for alot of cool parasties

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Sat Feb 11, 2006 6:45 pm
 
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