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ectozoon

[ek-tuh-zoh-on, -uh n]
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noun, plural ec·to·zo·a [ek-tuh-zoh-uh] /ˌɛk təˈzoʊ ə/. Biology.
  1. any animal parasite, as the louse, that lives on the surface of its host (opposed to entozoon).
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Also ectozoan.

Origin of ectozoon

First recorded in 1855–60; ecto- + -zoon
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Examples from the Web for ectozoa

Historical Examples

  • In reference to the ectozoa of rodents it may be said that they are very numerous.

    Parasites

    T. Spencer Cobbold

  • The ectozoa of birds are too numerous to be dealt with in these pages.

    Parasites

    T. Spencer Cobbold

  • In like manner a great deal has been written respecting the ectozoa of fishes.

    Parasites

    T. Spencer Cobbold

  • The ectozoa of the dog, though not numerous as species, are of importance in relation to mange.

    Parasites

    T. Spencer Cobbold

  • It conveniently stands thus, moreover, in direct contradiction to the term Ectozoa.

    Parasites

    T. Spencer Cobbold


ectozoa in Medicine

ectozoon

(ĕk′tə-zōŏn′)
n. pl. ec•to•zo•a (-zōə)
  1. An animal parasite, such as a flea or louse, living on the exterior of the host organism.
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