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parasitic

[par-uh-sit-ik] /ˌpær əˈsɪt ɪk/
adjective
1.
of, relating to, or characteristic of parasites.
2.
(of diseases) due to parasites.
3.
Phonetics. excrescent (def 2).
Sometimes, parasitical.
Origin of parasitic
1620-1630
1620-30; < Latin parasīticus < Greek parasītikós. See parasite, -ic
Related forms
parasitically, adverb
parasiticalness, noun
antiparasitic, noun, adjective
antiparasitical, adjective
antiparasitically, adverb
nonparasitic, adjective
nonparasitical, adjective
nonparasitically, adverb
pseudoparasitic, adjective
unparasitic, adjective
unparasitical, adjective
unparasitically, adverb
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Examples from the Web for parasitic
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Historical Examples
  • It is not alone the parasitic and predaceous insects which are beneficial.

  • Only five generations have brought us to the parasitic, town-ridden condition we are in.

    Another Sheaf John Galsworthy
  • Like some parasitic growth she was taking her strength from him.

    The Man Who Wins Robert Herrick
  • Thousands of insects are carried off yearly by parasitic fungi.

    Our Common Insects Alpheus Spring Packard
  • It is admitted on all hands that some diseases are the product of parasitic growth.

Word Origin and History for parasitic
adj.

1620s, from Latin parasiticus, from Greek parasitikos "of or pertaining to a parasite; the trade of a parasite," from parasitos (see parasite). Biological sense is from 1731. Related: Parasitical, 1570s in reference to toadies; from 1640s in the biological sense.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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parasitic in Medicine

parasitic par·a·sit·ic (pār'ə-sĭt'ĭk) or par·a·sit·i·cal (-ĭ-kəl)
adj.

  1. Of, relating to, or characteristic of a parasite.

  2. Caused by a parasite.

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