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epizoic

[ep-uh-zoh-ik]
adjective Biology.
  1. externally parasitic.
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Origin of epizoic

First recorded in 1855–60; epizo(on) + -ic
Related formsep·i·zo·ism, noun
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Examples from the Web for epizoic

Historical Examples

  • Our epizoic literature is becoming so extensive that nobody is safe from its ad infinitum progeny.

    The Poet at the Breakfast Table

    Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.


British Dictionary definitions for epizoic

epizoic

adjective
  1. (of an animal or plant) growing or living on the exterior of a living animal
  2. (of plants) having seeds or fruit dispersed by animals
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Derived Formsepizoism, noun
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epizoic in Medicine

epizoic

(ĕp′ĭ-zōĭk)
adj.
  1. Living or growing on the external surface of an animal.
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epizoic in Science

epizoic

[ĕp′ĭ-zōĭk]
  1. Living or growing on the external surface of an animal.
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