ectophyte

[ ek-tuh-fahyt ]
/ ˈɛk təˌfaɪt /

noun

a parasitic plant growing on an animal or another plant.

Origin of ectophyte

First recorded in 1880–85; ecto- + -phyte

Related forms

ec·to·phyt·ic [ek-tuh-fit-ik] /ˌɛk təˈfɪt ɪk/, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for ectophyte

ectophyte

/ (ˈɛktəʊˌfaɪt) /

noun

a parasitic plant that lives on the surface of its host

Derived Forms

ectophytic (ˌɛktəʊˈfɪtɪk), adjective
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Medicine definitions for ectophyte

ectophyte

[ ĕktə-fīt′ ]

n.

A plant parasite of the skin, such as ringworm.

Related forms

ec•to•phytic (-fĭtĭk) adj.
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