Origin of parasite
Examples from the Web for parasite
The film reaches its climax when Temple is felled by giardia, a parasite that infects the small intestine.Claremont McKenna Students Try Life on $1 a Day in ‘Living on One’|Robert Bryce|October 3, 2012|DAILY BEAST
It was Italian doctors who proved that the parasite was carried by mosquitoes.
Al Qaeda is a parasite that feeds on social instability and turmoil.Fawaz A. Gerges on How the Arab Spring Beat Al Qaeda|Fawaz A. Gerges|May 13, 2012|DAILY BEAST
All of this feeds a caricature of Washington as a parasite on the real economy.
Who could venture a bet against a parasite, whether in jesting or feasting?History of English Humour, Vol. 1 (of 2)|Alfred Guy Kingan L'Estrange
The epidemic phase is reached when the environment is unfavourable to the host but not so or even favourable to the parasite.
The land-grabber—the parasite who had lived only to destroy—looked up at Bob McGraw.The Long Chance|Peter B. Kyne
A degree of comparative harmony may be gradually established between host and parasite, as is the case in wild animals.Disease and Its Causes|William Thomas Councilman
Why, then, it was the money that was entitled to distinction, and he figured only as its parasite!The Danger Mark|Robert W. Chambers
British Dictionary definitions for parasite
Word Origin for parasite
Word Origin and History for parasite
1530s, "a hanger-on, a toady, person who lives on others," from Middle French parasite (16c.) or directly from Latin parasitus "toady, sponger," and directly from Greek parasitos "one who lives at another's expense, person who eats at the table of another," from noun use of an adjective meaning "feeding beside," from para- "beside" (see para- (1)) + sitos "food," of unknown origin. Scientific meaning "animal or plant that lives on others" is first recorded 1640s (implied in parasitical).
Medicine definitions for parasite
Science definitions for parasite
Culture definitions for parasite
An organism that lives off or in another organism, obtaining nourishment and protection while offering no benefit in return. Human parasites are often harmful to the body and can cause diseases, such as trichinosis.