epizoic

[ ep-uh-zoh-ik ]
/ ˌɛp əˈzoʊ ɪk /

adjective Biology.

externally parasitic.

Origin of epizoic

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

Related forms

ep·i·zo·ism, noun
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Examples from the Web for epizoic

  • 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

/ (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

epizoism, noun
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Medicine definitions for epizoic

epizoic

[ ĕp′ĭ-zōĭk ]

adj.

Living or growing on the external surface of an animal.
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Science definitions for epizoic

epizoic

[ ĕp′ĭ-zōĭk ]

Living or growing on the external surface of an animal.
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