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heteroecious

/ (ˌhɛtəˈriːʃəs) /
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adjective
(of parasites, esp rust fungi) undergoing different stages of the life cycle on different host speciesCompare autoecious
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Derived forms of heteroecious

heteroecism, noun

Word Origin for heteroecious

from hetero- + -oecious, from Greek oikia house
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Scientific definitions for heteroecious

heteroecious
[ hĕt′ə-rēshəs ]

Relating to a parasite that spends different stages of its life cycle on different, usually unrelated hosts. The term is used especially of certain kinds of rust fungi, but may also be applied to other parasites like tapeworms. Compare autoecious.
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