intermediate host

noun Biology.

the host in which a parasite undergoes development but does not reach sexual maturity.

Nearby words

  1. intermediate cubital vein,
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  3. intermediate dorsal cutaneous nerve,
  4. intermediate frequency,
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  7. intermediate nerve,
  8. intermediate range ballistic missile,
  9. intermediate school,
  10. intermediate supraclavicular nerve

Origin of intermediate host

First recorded in 1875–80 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for intermediate host

intermediate host


an animal that acts as host to a parasite that has not yet become sexually mature
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Medicine definitions for intermediate host

intermediate host


A host in which a parasite goes through its larval or developmental stages.

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Science definitions for intermediate host

intermediate host


See under host.
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