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intermediate host

noun, Biology.
the host in which a parasite undergoes development but does not reach sexual maturity.
Origin of intermediate host
First recorded in 1875-80 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • It is thought that these are transmitted from rat to rat by the common rat-louse which serves as an intermediate host.

    Insects and Diseases Rennie W. Doane
  • Kessler discovered the microbe required an intermediate host.

    Bolden's Pets F. L. Wallace
  • This circumstance affords a curious illustration of the fact that an ultimate host may carry the intermediate host upon its back.

    Parasites T. Spencer Cobbold
  • In the latter case the insect may act as an intermediate host.

    Insects and Diseases Rennie W. Doane
  • These are necessary for invading the flesh of some intermediate host.

    Parasites T. Spencer Cobbold
  • Dr Knoch, of Petersburg, thought that there was no need of the intermediate host.

    Parasites T. Spencer Cobbold
  • We have to kill its intermediate host—or hosts if it has more than one.

    The Lani People J. F. Bone
  • This cockroach is the intermediate host of Oxyspirura mansoni, the chicken eye worm.

  • They all pass a larval stage in the body of an intermediate host.

    A Manual of Clinical Diagnosis James Campbell Todd
  • The cockroach, Blattella germanica, as an intermediate host of Tetrameres americana of poultry.

British Dictionary definitions for intermediate host

intermediate host

an animal that acts as host to a parasite that has not yet become sexually mature
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intermediate host in Medicine

intermediate host n.
A host in which a parasite goes through its larval or developmental stages.

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intermediate host in Science
intermediate host
See under host.
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