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heteroecism

[het-uh-ree-siz-uh m]
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noun Biology.
  1. the development of different stages of a parasitic species on different host plants.
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Origin of heteroecism

1870–75; hetero- + Greek oik(ía) “house” + -ism
Related formshet·er·oe·cious [het-uh-ree-shuh s] /ˌhɛt əˈri ʃəs/, adjectivehet·er·oe·cious·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for heteroecious

heteroecious

adjective
  1. (of parasites, esp rust fungi) undergoing different stages of the life cycle on different host speciesCompare autoecious
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Derived Formsheteroecism, noun

Word Origin

from hetero- + -oecious, from Greek oikia house
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heteroecious in Medicine

heteroecious

(hĕt′ə-rēshəs)
adj.
  1. Spending different stages of a life cycle on different, usually unrelated hosts. Used of parasites such as rust fungi and tapeworms.
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Related formshet′er•oecism (-sĭz′əm) n.
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heteroecious in Science

heteroecious

[hĕt′ə-rēshəs]
  1. 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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