or ep·i·zo·ite

[ ep-uh-zoh-on, -uh n ]
/ ˌɛp əˈzoʊ ɒn, -ən /

noun, plural ep·i·zo·a [ep-uh-zoh-uh] /ˌɛp əˈzoʊ ə/. Biology.

an external parasite or commensal on the body of an animal; ectozoon.

Origin of epizoon

From New Latin, dating back to 1830–40; see origin at epi-, -zoon
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British Dictionary definitions for epizoite (1 of 2)

/ (ˌɛpɪˈzəʊɪt) /


an organism that lives on an animal but is not parasitic on it

British Dictionary definitions for epizoite (2 of 2)

/ (ˌɛpɪˈzəʊɒn) /

noun plural -zoa (-ˈzəʊə)

an animal, such as a parasite, that lives on the body of another animal

Derived forms of epizoon

epizoan, adjective

Word Origin for epizoon

C19: New Latin, from epi- + Greek zōion animal
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Medical definitions for epizoite

[ ĕp′ĭ-zōŏn, -ən ]

n. pl. ep•i•zo•a (-zōə)

An epizoic organism.
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