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parasitic

[par-uh-sit-ik]
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adjective
  1. of, relating to, or characteristic of parasites.
  2. (of diseases) due to parasites.
  3. Phonetics. excrescent(def 2).
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Sometimes par·a·sit·i·cal.

Origin of parasitic

1620–30; < Latin parasīticus < Greek parasītikós. See parasite, -ic
Related formspar·a·sit·i·cal·ly, adverbpar·a·sit·i·cal·ness, nounan·ti·par·a·sit·ic, noun, adjectivean·ti·par·a·sit·i·cal, adjectivean·ti·par·a·sit·i·cal·ly, adverbnon·par·a·sit·ic, adjectivenon·par·a·sit·i·cal, adjectivenon·par·a·sit·i·cal·ly, adverbpseu·do·par·a·sit·ic, adjectiveun·par·a·sit·ic, adjectiveun·par·a·sit·i·cal, adjectiveun·par·a·sit·i·cal·ly, adverb
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Related Words for parasitic

parasitical, bloodsucking

Examples from the Web for parasitic

Contemporary Examples of parasitic

Historical Examples of parasitic

  • It is not alone the parasitic and predaceous insects which are beneficial.

  • Only five generations have brought us to the parasitic, town-ridden condition we are in.

    Another Sheaf

    John Galsworthy

  • Like some parasitic growth she was taking her strength from him.

    The Man Who Wins

    Robert Herrick

  • Thousands of insects are carried off yearly by parasitic fungi.

    Our Common Insects

    Alpheus Spring Packard

  • It is admitted on all hands that some diseases are the product of parasitic growth.


Word Origin and History for parasitic

adj.

1620s, from Latin parasiticus, from Greek parasitikos "of or pertaining to a parasite; the trade of a parasite," from parasitos (see parasite). Biological sense is from 1731. Related: Parasitical, 1570s in reference to toadies; from 1640s in the biological sense.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

parasitic in Medicine

parasitic

(păr′ə-sĭtĭk)
adj.
  1. Of, relating to, or characteristic of a parasite.
  2. Caused by a parasite.
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