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epizoic

[ ep-uh-zoh-ik ]
/ ˌɛp əˈzoʊ ɪk /
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adjective Biology.
externally parasitic.
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Origin of epizoic

First recorded in 1855–60; epizo(on) + -ic

OTHER WORDS FROM epizoic

ep·i·zo·ism, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for epizoic

epizoic
/ (ˌɛpɪˈzəʊɪk) /

adjective
(of an animal or plant) growing or living on the exterior of a living animal
(of plants) having seeds or fruit dispersed by animals

Derived forms of epizoic

epizoism, noun
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Scientific definitions for epizoic

epizoic
[ ĕp′ĭ-zōĭk ]

Living or growing on the external surface of an animal.
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