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or autecism

[aw-tee-siz-uh m] /ɔˈti sɪz əm/
noun, Mycology.
the development of the entire life cycle of a parasitic fungus on a single host or group of hosts.
Also called ametoecism.
Origin of autoecism
aut- + oec- (< Greek oik-, stem of oîkos house) + -ism
Related forms
[aw-tee-shuh s] /ɔˈti ʃəs/ (Show IPA),
autoeciously, adverb
autoeciousness, noun Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for autoecious


(of parasites, esp the rust fungi) completing the entire life cycle on a single species of host Compare heteroecious
(of plants, esp mosses) having male and female reproductive organs on the same plant
Derived Forms
autoecism, (sometimes US) autecism, noun
Word Origin
C19: from auto- + -oecious, from Greek oikia house
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autoecious in Science
Relating to a parasite that spends all its life on a single host. The term is used especially of certain types of rust fungi, but can also be applied to other parasites, such as aphids. Compare heteroecious.
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