or au·te·cism

[ aw-tee-siz-uhm ]

  1. the development of the entire life cycle of a parasitic fungus on a single host or group of hosts.

Origin of autoecism

aut- + oec- (<Greek oik-, stem of oîkos house) + -ism
  • Also called ametoecism.

Other words from autoecism

  • au·toe·cious [aw-tee-shuhs], /ɔˈti ʃəs/, adjective
  • au·toe·cious·ly, adverb
  • au·toe·cious·ness, noun

Words Nearby autoecism Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023