or au·te·cism

[aw-tee-siz-uh m]

Origin of autoecism

aut- + oec- (< Greek oik-, stem of oîkos house) + -ism
Also called ametoecism.
Related formsau·toe·cious [aw-tee-shuh s] /ɔˈti ʃəs/, adjectiveau·toe·cious·ly, adverbau·toe·cious·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for autoecious


sometimes US autecious

  1. (of parasites, esp the rust fungi) completing the entire life cycle on a single species of hostCompare heteroecious
  2. (of plants, esp mosses) having male and female reproductive organs on the same plant
Derived Formsautoecism or sometimes US autecism, noun

Word Origin for autoecious

C19: from auto- + -oecious, from Greek oikia house
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autoecious in Science


  1. 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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