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

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Origin of intermediate host

First recorded in 1875–80
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British Dictionary definitions for intermediate host

intermediate host

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

intermediate host
[ ĭn′tər-mēdē-ĭt ]

See under host.
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