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definitive host

noun, Zoology.
the host in or on which a parasite spends the sexual stage of its life cycle.
Origin of definitive host
First recorded in 1900-05 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • It is not likely that any intermediate host is necessary for the growth of the larv, prior to their access to the definitive host.

    Parasites T. Spencer Cobbold
  • The mosquito is therefore the definitive host rather than the intermediate, as usually stated.

    Handbook of Medical Entomology William Albert Riley
definitive host in Medicine

definitive host de·fin·i·tive host (dĭ-fĭn'ĭ-tĭv)
A host in which a parasite develops to an adult or sexually mature stage. Also called final host.

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definitive host in Science
definitive host
See under host.
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