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[ par-uh-sit-ik ]


  1. of, relating to, or characteristic of parasites.
  2. (of diseases) due to parasites.

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Other Words From

  • para·siti·cal·ly adverb
  • para·siti·cal·ness noun
  • anti·para·sitic noun adjective
  • anti·para·siti·cal adjective
  • anti·para·siti·cal·ly adverb
  • nonpar·a·sitic adjective
  • nonpar·a·siti·cal adjective
  • nonpar·a·siti·cal·ly adverb
  • pseudo·para·sitic adjective
  • unpar·a·sitic adjective
  • unpar·a·siti·cal adjective
  • unpar·a·siti·cal·ly adverb

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Word History and Origins

Origin of parasitic1

1620–30; < Latin parasīticus < Greek parasītikós. See parasite, -ic

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Example Sentences

Grafting occurs in nature, too, when closely related plants that touch each other eventually fuse, or when parasitic plants form connections to their hosts.

She is curious about whether additional genetic sequencing might let researchers suss out when the loss happened and whether the plants were already parasitic.

Though the disease has many causes, including parasitic infections and other nutrient deficiencies, the most common is a lack of iron, which is responsible for about half of worldwide anemia cases.

In his laboratory, the scientist studies the parasitic roundworm Trichinella spiralis.

A tiny parasitic flower in a group called fairy lanterns was vanishingly rare to begin with.

Art is parasitic on life, just as criticism is parasitic on art.

In contrast, The Strain was returning to the roots of vampires as scary parasitic creatures—and I liked that.

The viral-CSI element; the mythic vampires who were parasitic and brutal; the arrival of the airplane to JFK; the dead passengers.

Definitely a few unpleasant characters, like parasitic worms, which we deliberately and with good reason evicted.

One of the insects Chaz caught - and I promise I am not making this up - was a parasitic wasp.

It appears to be of parasitic origin, but the specific organism that causes it has not been isolated.

She was under the power of a strange will which had entered into her, like another soul, like another parasitic and ruling soul.

(a) Flatworms are sometimes parasitic, examples being the tapeworm and liver fluke.

Sometimes a complicated life history has arisen from their parasitic habits.

Another common tapeworm parasitic on man lives part of its life as an embryo within the muscles of cattle.





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