parasitize

[ par-uh-si-tahyz, -sahy- ]
/ ˈpær ə sɪˌtaɪz, -saɪ- /
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verb (used with object), par·a·si·tized, par·a·si·tiz·ing.

to live on (a host) as a parasite.
Also especially British, par·a·si·tise.

Origin of parasitize

First recorded in 1885–90; parasite + -ize
Related formsun·par·a·si·tized, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for parasitize

parasitize

parasitise

/ (ˈpærəsɪˌtaɪz, -saɪ-) /

verb (tr)

to infest or infect with parasites
to live on (another organism) as a parasite

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Medicine definitions for parasitize

parasitize

[ părə-sĭ-tīz′, -sī- ]

v.

To live on or in a host as a parasite.

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