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
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
A host in which a parasite goes through its larval or developmental stages.
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Science definitions for intermediate host
[ ĭn′tər-mē′dē-ĭt ]
See under host.
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