epizoon

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.

Nearby words

  1. epitympanum,
  2. epixylous,
  3. epizoic,
  4. epizoite,
  5. epizoology,
  6. epizootic,
  7. epizootic lymphangitis,
  8. epizootiology,
  9. epizooty,
  10. epns

Origin of epizoon

From New Latin, dating back to 1830–40; see origin at epi-, -zoon

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British Dictionary definitions for epizoon

epizoon

/ (ˌɛpɪˈzəʊɒn) /

noun plural -zoa (-ˈzəʊə)

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

Word Origin for epizoon

C19: New Latin, from epi- + Greek zōion animal

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Medicine definitions for epizoon

epizoon

[ ĕp′ĭ-zōŏn, -ən ]

n. pl. ep•i•zo•a (-zōə)

An epizoic organism.

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