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noun Biology.
  1. an organism that is parasitic on or in another parasite.
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Origin of hyperparasite

First recorded in 1825–35; hyper- + parasite
Related formshy·per·par·a·sit·ic [hahy-per-par-uh-sit-ik] /ˌhaɪ pərˌpær əˈsɪt ɪk/, adjectivehy·per·par·a·sit·ism, noun
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Examples from the Web for hyperparasite

Historical Examples

  • Parker and Thompson called their hyperparasite Tetrastichus sp.

    The Biotic Associations of Cockroaches

    Louis M. Roth

  • Hyperparasite: is a form that is parasitic upon another parasite.

British Dictionary definitions for hyperparasite


  1. an organism that is parasitic on another parasite
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