- Biology. a relation between organisms in which one lives as a parasite on another.
- a parasitic mode of life or existence.
- Pathology. a diseased condition due to parasites.
- (in some totalitarian countries)
- unemployment or refusal to work.
- employment in work considered nonessential by the state.
Origin of parasitism
Examples from the Web for parasitism
Historical Examples of parasitism
Other cases may be mentioned which are still further removed from parasitism.The Industries of Animals
Parasitism, he will say, is one of the gravest crimes in Nature.
Yet, though he thought it not, this is parasitism in its worst and most degrading form.
Need we proceed to formulate objections to the parasitism of Evangelicism?
So far from ministering to growth, parasitism ministers to decay.
- the relationship between a parasite and its host
- the state of being infested with parasites
- the state of being a parasite
Word Origin and History for parasitism
- A symbiotic relationship in which one species, the parasite, benefits at the expense of the other, the host.
- A relationship between two organisms in which one organism (the parasite) benefits and the other (the host) is harmed. Parasites derive nutrition from their host and may also gain other benefits such as shelter and a habitat in which to grow and reproduce. See more at parasite. Compare amensalism commensalism mutualism.