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[par-uh-sahy-tol-uh-jee, -si-] /ˌpær ə saɪˈtɒl ə dʒi, -sɪ-/
the branch of biology dealing with parasites and the effects of parasitism.
Origin of parasitology
First recorded in 1880-85; parasite + -o- + -logy
Related forms
[par-uh-sahyt-l-oj-i-kuh l] /ˌpær əˌsaɪt lˈɒdʒ ɪ kəl/ (Show IPA),
parasitologist, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for parasitology
Historical Examples
  • You—or rather, Jay Allison is a specialist in Darkovan parasitology, as well as a very competent surgeon.

    The Planet Savers Marion Zimmer Bradley
  • One of them, Dr. Chagas, a Brazilian, is well known in the world of science for his studies in bacteriology and parasitology.

    South America To-day

    Georges Clemenceau
  • Handbook on the parasitology of man together with a treatise on the vectors of transmissible diseases.

  • Kennon leaned back from the microscope and studied the illustrations in the parasitology text.

    The Lani People J. F. Bone
British Dictionary definitions for parasitology


the branch of biology that is concerned with the study of parasites
Derived Forms
parasitological (ˌpærəˌsaɪtəˈlɒdʒɪkəl) adjective
parasitologist, noun
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parasitology in Medicine

parasitology par·a·si·tol·o·gy (pār'ə-sĭ-tŏl'ə-jē, -sī-)
The study of parasites and parasitism.

par'a·si'to·log'ic (-sī'tə-lŏj'ĭk) or par'a·si'to·log'i·cal (-ĭ-kəl) adj.
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