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epizoic

[ ep-uh-zoh-ik ]

adjective

, Biology.
  1. externally parasitic.


epizoic

/ ˌɛpɪˈzəʊɪk /

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


epizoic

/ ĕp′ĭ-zōĭk /

  1. Living or growing on the external surface of an animal.


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Derived Forms

  • ˌepiˈzoism, noun
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Other Words From

  • epi·zoism noun
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Word History and Origins

Origin of epizoic1

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

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

Like many epizoic or parasitic insects, Hemimerus is wingless, eyeless and has relatively short and strong legs.

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