definitive host


noun Zoology.

the host in or on which a parasite spends the sexual stage of its life cycle.

Origin of definitive host

First recorded in 1900–05
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Medicine definitions for definitive host

definitive host

[dĭ-fĭnĭ-tĭv]

n.

A host in which a parasite develops to an adult or sexually mature stage.final host
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Science definitions for definitive host

definitive host

[dĭ-fĭnĭ-tĭv]

See under host.
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