sometimes US autecious
/ (ɔːˈtiːʃəs) /
(of parasites, esp the rust fungi) completing the entire life cycle on a single species of hostCompare heteroecious
(of plants, esp mosses) having male and female reproductive organs on the same plant
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Derived forms of autoeciousautoecism or sometimes US autecism, noun
Word Origin for autoecious
C19: from auto- + -oecious, from Greek oikia house
Words nearby autoecious
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Scientific definitions for autoecious
[ ô-tē′shəs ]
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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